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Monday, April 8, 2019 Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Vol. 49, Issue 161

In the news 3D technology used to locate new oil pockets PRUDHOE BAY — New technology is being used to search for untapped oil in an Alaska bay that is already an established source of fossil fuel. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Saturday that oil and gas company BP is employing “3D seismic” technology to locate small pockets of previously undiscovered oil in Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska. The newspaper reports the area has been an oil source for more than four decades, but in recent years its flow has slowed. Company officials say the technology involves metal platforms mounted to trucks, which send sonic energy into the ground that returns as three-dimensional data about the geology below, including hidden pockets of oil. The company says the 3D seismic survey from January through April will sweep over 450 square miles.

Businesses remain closed 4 months after earthquake ANCHORAGE — Companies and organizations in Anchorage remain shuttered or temporarily relocated following a Nov. 30 earthquake in Southcentral Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday. The newspaper reports that the 7.1-magnitude quake caused structural damage to numerous buildings that have slowed or interrupted operations for varying lengths of time. City officials say that as of March 26, 10 commercial properties in Anchorage still carried red tags marking them as unsafe to occupy, while about 60 more commercial properties have yellow tags meaning their occupancy and use are restricted. The newspaper reports that affected businesses and organizations include the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Salvation Army, television station KTVA, and the Westmark Hotel. — Associated Press

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District considers SoHi, SoPrep consolidation By VICTORIA PETERSEN Peninsula Clarion

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is requesting community input on the possibility of consolidating Soldotna Prep School and Soldotna

High School, a press release from the district says. The consolidation would move Soldotna Prep ninth grade students into Soldotna High School and relocate River City Academy, closing down the building that houses Soldotna Prep

and River City Academy. The press release says this closure would result in an annual savings of around $630,000 in reduced building operations and personnel costs to operate the building, which houses two schools.

“I’ve discussed with our students and parents the possible closure of the Soldotna Prep building, and the potential need for RCA to move,” River City Academy Principal Dawn Edwards-Smith said in the release. “The district

is working to find us a location, should we need it. In the eleven years, I have been at RCA, we have moved a number of times. In each of those new spaces, we have built positive partnerships and used the See SOHI, page A2

New Age destination: Happy Buddha Imports By BRIAN MAZUREK Peninsula Clarion

Tom and Glenna Hudson are business owners in Kenai who provide peninsula residents with New Age products from all over the world. Their retail store, Happy Buddha Imports, sells everything from incense made in India to South African mango jam. The Clarion sat down with the Hudsons on Saturday to learn more about their business. Clarion Reporter Brian Mazurek: So when did your store open? Tom: We opened it last October, on the first of the month. Mazurek: And what made you want to start your business and open up shop here? Tom: So this would be Tom and Glenna Hudson, owners of Happy Buddha Imports, are photographed in Kenai on Saturday. (Photo by our fourth store. We had Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion) three down in the Lower 48. I worked for the forest ser- move around a lot. Glenna the first one in Missouri. We ferred to Colorado, opened we sold them and moved vice putting out forest fires loved retail, so it seemed were there for seven years a store there, then opened up to Northern California See NEW, page A2 for 35 years and we had to like a good mix. We opened and did great with it. Trans- another one. Eventually

Assessment finds state report cards need work By BEN HOHENSTATT Juneau Empire

A recent nationwide assessment found the annual reports released by Alaska Department of Education & Early Development could

use some work. However, a department spokesperson says internal discussions of improvements are constant and some of the criticisms in an assessment done and shared by the Data Quality Campaign, a non-

profit that advocates for better public education data, are outdated or wrong. “I do feel that their report has several inaccuracies,” said Erin Hardin, information officer for the department.

Every year, “state report cards” for public schools and districts are released by states per federal requirements. The reports include information about attendance, demographics, graduation rates and standardized

testing performances. The national assessment found Alaska’s report cards were out of date, weren’t offered in any language except for English and lacked data on academic growth. See CARD, page A12

Beached whale offers scientific opportunity By ALEX MCCARTHY Juneau Empire

As soon as she walked up to the whale, Kate Savage could tell how it died. There were three deep, long parallel slices just in front of the sperm whale’s dorsal fin. Savage, a veterinarian for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, knew that meant a propeller had sliced into the great mammal. What was tragic for the whale ended up being advantageous for Savage and other Alaska scientists. The 48-foot long male sperm whale ended up washing up on a beach

A team of marine mammal experts performs a necropsy on a male sperm whale. (Courtesy photo/Johanna Vollenweider, NOAA)

near Berners Bay in midMarch. On March 20, Savage and her colleagues began just the third sperm

whale necropsy ever to be done in Alaska, and the first to ever be done in Southeast.

“It was pretty unexpected, and very exciting,” Savage said in a phone interview Friday. Only two other sperm whales have been necropsied in Alaska since 1990, according to a NOAA article published this week. The first was a partial necropsy of a whale in Resurrection Bay in 2006, the second was a calf near Homer in 2009. Sperm whales are rare in the Inside Passage, but Savage said there were reports in November and early March of sperm whales in the Inside Passage. It’s not clear if this whale was one of the ones sighted earlier, she said.

Savage led a team of 13 people from NOAA, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the University of Alaska and Stranding Network (a nonprofit that focuses on marine mammals who have washed ashore). When they started the necropsy March 20, the researchers and volunteers wanted to collect as many samples and as much tissue as they could. They knew they only had so much time to collect valuable samples, Savage said, as the whale was already fairly well decomposed. She said that whales have so much insulation that after they die, See WHALE, page A12

Senators look at PFD’s future 2 lakes closed to fishing due to contamination

By ALEX MCCARTHY Juneau Empire

The Senate Finance Committee introduced two bills Friday that would cap government spending and establish a 50-50 split between dividends and state expenses from the earnings reserve of the Permanent Fund. Senate Bill 103 splits revenue from the state’s annual draw of the Permanent Fund’s earnings reserve equally between

See PFD, page A12

Sen. Natasha Von Imhof, R-Anchorage, is pictured on Feb. 18. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire File)

FAIRBANKS (AP) — State wildlife officials have closed two lakes to fishing near North Pole due to water contamination. The state Department of Fish and Game announced last week the closures of Kimberly Lake northwest of North Pole High School and Polaris Lake on Eielson Air Force Base, the Fairbanks Daily NewsMiner reported . The department also has suspended the stocking of

hatchery fish in all lakes on the base southeast of North Pole, said Tim Viavant, the department’s regional management co-ordinator. The chemical compound known as PFAS was found in concentrations above the Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory levels. The substance is found in foam used to suppress oil fires. Viavant said these fishing closures are the first

See FISH, page A12


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AccuWeather® 5-day forecast for Kenai-Soldotna Today

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24 hours ending 4 p.m. yest. . 0.00" Month to date .......................... Trace Normal month to date ............ 0.12" Year to date .............................. 1.50" Normal year to date ................ 2.60" Record today ................ 0.50" (1963) Record for April ........... 2.21" (1955) Record for year ........... 27.09" (1963)

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opportunity to evolve.” Enrollment at Soldotna Prep and Soldotna High is declining, the release said, and both schools are expected to lose teaching staff in the upcoming school year. “In addition to declining enrollment, the current state budget deficit in Alaska will require the KPBSD to adjust high

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school staffing formulas— raise the Pupil-to-Teacher Ratio (PTR)—which will increase class sizes and reduce teaching staff at both schools,” the release said. To retain essential elective offerings for ninth to 12th grade students in Soldotna, and ease the teaching position reductions, the school’s principals believe now is the time to move Soldotna Prep ninth grade students into Soldotna High School, the release said. “We want to provide

the best experiences and most opportunities for the students,” Soldotna High School Principal Tony Graham said in the release. “With the likelihood of an increase to high school pupil-to-teacher ratio and loss of staffing, it will hinder our ability to provide a 10th-12th-grade quality education. However, because of the economy of scale and staffing formulas, a consolidation with Soldotna Prep 9th grade house would allow us to maintain offerings for 9th-

12th-grade students that will give them the ability to have a full and rich high school experience preparing them for their future.” A community meeting hosted by the school principals and John O’Brien, KPBSD assistant superintendent of instruction, will be held at 6 p.m., April 11, in the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Until April 12, an online survey is also available for parents, students and staff to share their thoughts on a potential consolidation.

tions. And I think if you look at the imports we have it would pretty much match what we have in our house. Mazurek: So what kind of products do you offer? Tom: We offer perfumes from India and a large selection of incense. We have the (incense) sticks and cones as well as the traditional powder and resin. We’ve got a new type, they call it “smokeless,” and I would say it’s 99 percent smoke-free. But it’s a great new product, you put it in a diffuser and a candle heats it up. It doesn’t light it on fire, but it’s just like the oil diffusers except it’s a little brick. We’ve tried at the house because we do a lot of research on our products before we bring them in. And these, boy they’re just great. Especially for folks that may be in a place where they don’t want much in the way of smoke there. We burn the nag champa in the store here to give people a sample of it. That and the Song of India, those are the two biggest sellers we have so we’ll give folks a sample of either of those when they come in. If it works for you, great! If it doesn’t, that’s okay too. Mazurek: You mentioned that your first store was in Missouri, is that where you’re from originally? Tom: No, we’re both Alaskans at heart. My second job in the forest service was down in Sitka. I got an

opportunity to come up here on a temporary job, and that was it. It was always “someday we’ll go back to Kenai.” So like I said we had the opportunity to get a house 15 years ago, and it’s always been where we’d end up. Mazurek: So what would you say are your most popular items? Tom: We sell a lot of dragons, skulls, incense and candles. Oh, and a lot of sage. Mazurek: And where are some of the places you import your products from? Tom: So we get things from all around the world. South America, Indonesia, Australia. Normally we’ve got the long straight didgeridoos but we’ve also got some that are kind of shaped like a nautilus. They’re way cool. China, India, Nepal. We always try to get things from Nepal when we can. They had that earthquake there, and it’s a pretty poor country, so we try to help when we can. Africa, we import from there. I think that covers most of it. Mazurek: How do you get in touch with these craftsmen from all over the world to buy their products? What’s the process for that? Tom: There are a couple of different ways to do it. One is that we go to a lot of trade shows down in the Lower 48. There’s usually one in Seattle every winter, and then there’s a New Age trade show in Denver every year. You can always find

something new there. We’ve also got contacts from our other stores that we’ve been doing business with for 20 plus years. Mazurek: Any plans for expansion in the future? Tom: I think we’re pretty happy the way it is. We’ve got Positive Vibes two doors down. She’s a great partner; we cross-promote with each other. We work with them, you know, and we have different folks that come in offering massage or other esoteric training. We don’t hold any classes here, but Kylie does over at her place so we help promote those. We’ve got a great bunch of neighbors here, couldn’t ask for anything better. If there’s an issue they’ll help us, we’ll help them, we all help each other. Mazurek: So do you have a favorite item in the store? (Tom pauses to think for a moment before showing off an elaborately designed skull adorned in clown makeup). Tom: Now this one is my favorite, not Glenna’s. I can’t help it, he is just so hideous. And people come in and they’re drawn to him. Happy Buddha Imports is located at 610 Attla Way in Kenai, next to RD’s Barber Shop and behind the Wells Fargo. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Their phone number is 907740-3709.

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for six years. During that time we bought a house here in Kenai as a retirement investment, and then from Northern California I got transferred to Chugach National Forest in Anchorage as fire staff. I retired in 2016, and we moved into our house in Kenai. Glenna did the Wednesday markets over in Soldotna and I would help her and we both got a lot of pleasure out of that. By the end of the season we still had quite a bit of product, and thought “what are we gonna do with this?” So we got the idea to have maybe a little pop-up holiday store and started going in that direction. Then we found this place and we both kinda knew that it would be more than just a holiday store. We get new customers every week and we’ve got plenty of regular customers. I think we’re providing a service for the community. Mazurek: So what was the appeal for you in terms of doing this type of retail, selling exotic imports and such? Tom: I think on the metaphysical side of it we both have a strong interest. You know, we’re all students. I think you’re always learning things and we can provide some answers for some folks that come in that have those kinds of ques-

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LIO Schedule

Around the Peninsula

Monday, April 8

Alaskan Coastal Studies volunteer fair

1:30 p.m.: The Senate Health & Social Services Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss SB 1 Repeal Certificate of Need Program and SB 58 Repealing Senior Benefits Payment Program. Testimony will be taken. 3:15 p.m.: The House Labor & Commerce Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss HB 102 Rental Vehicle by Private Owner, HB 103 State Gaming Commission; Card Rooms and HB 91 Naturopaths: Licensing; Practice. Testimony will be taken. 6 p.m.: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss SJR 5 Constitutional Amendment: Permanent Fund & Dividend. Testimony will be taken.

A volunteer fair will take place on Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 3-6:30 p.m. at Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. For people of ALL ages and abilities. Representatives from each organization will be welcoming you with answers, sign-up sheets and refreshments.

Tuesday, April 9

8 a.m.: The House Community & Regional Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Presentation: Community Service Block Grant Program by Dept. of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development, HB 32 Alaska Energy Efficiency Loans: Eligibility and HB 81 Prohibit Plastic Retail Bags. Testimony will be taken. 9 a.m.: The Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Confirmation: Professional Teaching Practices Commission - Todd Smoldon, Tammy Van Wyhe, Janine Todd & Chris Reitan and SB 56 Mandatory Physical Activity Schools; PLAAY Day. Testimony will be taken. 9 a.m.: The Senate Finance Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss SB 43 Extend Big Game Commercial Services Board, SB 44 Telehealth: Physician Assistants; Drugs and SB 93 Medical Provider Incentives / Loan Repayment. Testimony will be taken. 1:30 p.m.: The Senate Labor & Commerce Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss SB 52 Alcoholic Beverage Control; Alcohol Regulation. Testimony will be taken. 3 p.m.: The House Health & Social Services Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss HB 89 Opioid Prescription Information, HB 114 Medical Provider Incentives / Loan Repayment, SB 37 Renewal of Vaccine Assessment Program, HB 96 Pioneers’ Home and Veterans’ Home Rates and Confirmation: Commissioner Adam Crum, Dept. of Health & Social Services. Testimony will be taken.

Wednesday, April 10

8 a.m.: The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Confirmation: Alaska Board of Education & Early Development. Testimony will be taken. 3:30 p.m.: The Senate Resources Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Confirmation: Board of Fisheries - Gerad Godfrey, Israel Payton, Karl Johnstone & Marit Carlson-Van Dort. Testimony will be taken.

Thursday, April 11

10 a.m.: The House Special Committee on Fisheries will hold a public hearing to discuss Confirmation: Board of Fisheries - Gerad Godfrey, Israel Payton, Karl Johnstone & Marit Carlson-Van Dort. Testimony will be taken. 3 p.m.: The House Health & Social Services Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss HB 96 Pioneers’ Home and Veterans’ Home Rates, SB 37 Renewal of Vaccine Assessment Program, Confirmation: Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees and Confirmation: Commissioner Adam Crum, Dept. of Health & Social Services. Testimony will be taken.

Friday, April 12

8 a.m.: The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Confirmation: Professional Teaching Practices Commission - Todd Smoldon, Tammy Van Wyhe, Janine Todd & Chris Reitan. Testimony will be taken. 9 a.m.: The Senate Finance Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss SB 20 Appropriations: Operating Budget / Loans / Funds. Testimony will be taken. 1 p.m.: The House Resources Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Confirmation: Board of Game - Allen “Al” Barrette & Orville Huntington. Testimony will be taken. 3:30 p.m.: The Senate Resources Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Confirmation: Board of Game - Allen “Al” Barrette & Orville Huntington and SJR 10 Completion Of University Land Grant. Testimony will be taken.

Saturday, April 13

9 a.m.: The House Resources Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Confirmation: Board of Fisheries - Gerad Godfrey, Israel Payton, Karl Johnstone & Marit Carlson-Van Dort. Testimony will be taken. 1 p.m.: The House Health & Social Services Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Confirmation: Commissioner Adam Crum, Dept. of Health & Social Services. Testimony will be taken. All teleconferences are held at the Kenai LIO 145 Main St Lp #217, Kenai, AK 99611 unless otherwise noted. To confirm call 283-2030 or email Kenai. LIO@akleg.gov. To listen / watch online go to http:// alaskalegislature.tv/

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Food for Thought: Eat Better on a Budget

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and UAF Cooperative Extension Service are partnering to offer a special program on Wednesdays during the month of April. Come join us on April 10 for a free, tasty, hot meal and a brief presentation, “Eat Better on a Budget.” Dinner from 5:30-6 p.m. Presentation from 6-7 p.m. RSVP to Greg Meyer at 907-262-3111 or gmeyer@kpfoodbank.org.

host beer/wine bar. PG-13 rating. Doors open at 6:00PM. Tickets $15 each and available at the door. For more information call Robby at 513-2215.

An Evening with Mar Ka and Monica Devine

The KPC Showcase and River City Books presents will host An Evening with Alaskan authors Mar Ka, whose newly released book is “Be-hooved” and Monica Devine, whose latest book is “Water Mask” on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the McLane Commons at KPC. Mar Ka writes from the foothills of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains. As an indigenous rights attorney, she has travelled extensively throughout the state. Her poems have been published in national and international journals and anthologies, and on occasion set to music. Monica Devine is an author and artist living in Eagle River, Alaska. Among her works are five children’s books, including “Iditarod: The Greatest Win Ever and Kayak Girl.”

KPC Showcase: Indigenous author and academic Dr Vincent Olsen-Reeder

Week of the Young Child

Advisory Board meeting

Kenai Fish Habitat Partnership Symposium

Week of the Young Child will be celebrated on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Peninsula Center Mall New Zealand-based indigenous author and academic in Soldotna. If you have any questions, or would like to join Dr Vincent Olsen-Reeder will present to the public Fri- us last minute as a vendor contact Lauralee Peterson at 252day, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Mclane Commons at Kenai 9539. Peninsula College. His talk is entitled: Writing Notches on Narcan kits available at Public Health my Koroua’s Walking Stick. The title of the talk refers to a sentiment expressed by his great grandfather in a memoir, Heroin overdoses are on the rise in Alaska. Narcan is an which laments that his own great-grandchildren may not easy medication you can give to someone who is overdosknow their ancestry. The KPC Alaska Native Studies Club ing. It may save their life. Adults can get free Narcan nasal will welcome everyone by sharing their Yup’ik dancing and spray kits at the Kenai Public Health Center at 630 Barnaa new Dena’ina Song. Free and open to the public. cle Way, Suite A, in Kenai. For additional information call Kenai Public Health at 335-3400. Prevent dependence, get Kenai River Special Management Area help, save a life. The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gilman River Center on Funny River Road, Soldotna. Agenda topics include committee and agency reports. The public is welcome to attend. If you have any questions about the meeting you can contact Jack Blackwell at 907-2625581, Ext 21.

The Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership 2019 Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cannery Lodge. RSVP required. Join us for discussions about habitat protections on the Kenai Peninsula, including defining the future of fish habitats and few stories from Dr. Kristin Mitchell and Sue Mauger on their trips to Antarctica. Lunch will be provided. This is a Nikiksi community council meeting FREE event but please register! Visit www.kenaifishpartThe Nikiski community council meting will take place nership.org. Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Nikiski Senior Center on Al-Anon support group meetings Lake Marie Street. Al-Anon support group meetings are held at the Central International Fly Fishing Film Tour Peninsula Hospital in the Kasilof Room (second floor) of Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Trout Unlimited annual the River Tower building on Monday at 7 p.m., Wednesday fundraiser will be Saturday evening, April 27 at the Kenai at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. Park around back by the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in Kenai, Alas- ER and enter through the River Tower entrance and folka. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., films start at: 6:30 p.m. This low the signs. Contact Tony Oliver at 252-0558 for more sell-out event will feature a handpicked collection of fish- information. ing films, beverages from Kenai River Brewing (including a new beer brewed especially for this event), a silent auction The Nikiski Community Recreation Center with a lot of fishing goodies, and a night to remember! Tick—Call out to local vendors: It’s time to reserve your ets are limited and available on-line: https://www.showclix. space! Booth Space is available for the annual Family Fun com/event/if42019kenaiak or: https://www.facebook.com/ in the Midnight Sun/Nikiski Days Event scheduled for Satevents/308693573127156/. urday, June 15. Interested vendors are encouraged to contact us early. Applications will be available online www. Sterling Senior Center garage sale northpenrec.com There will be a multi-vendor Garage Sale at the Sterling —Nikiski Youth Track Meet: North Peninsula RecreSenior Center April 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ation Service Area and the North Kenai Community Club event will include a bake sale and lunch. Those interested are hosting a track meet for youth in grades 1-6 on Friday, in renting a table to sell their wares may call the center at May 10. Registration forms are available at NCRC, the 262-6808. Nikiski Pool and on www.northpenrec.com. Registration forms due by April 19. Take-A-Break Ladies Night Out —American Red Cross Lifeguard class: The Nikiski “Hats on Parade, Tuesday, April 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Pool is looking for lifeguards. Class will be held April 8 Show your style with your own hat. Inspirational speaker through April 12 from 5-10 p.m. For more information, Ronna Martin, “There Is Hope.” Dinner $12. At the Solid call 776-8800. Rock Conference Center, Mile 90.5 Sterling Highway. For —Aqua Hiit: Nikiski Pool is offering a new aquatic fitreservations call Susan at 335-6789 or 440-1319. ness class for Heart & Lung health. This is a low-impact, instructor-led cardio and pulmonary exercise that is beginRefuge Game Warden Camp ner friendly. Class is free with pool admission. Class will Game Warden Camp will take place Saturday, May 11 be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. March from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for current 5th, 6th, 7th graders. More in- 19 through May 9. For more information, please call 776formation: Kelly_Modla@fws.gov or 907-260-2851. Reg- 8800. istration packets can be picked up /returned at the the Visitor — East egg hunt and Hop n’ splash: FREE Easter events Center — space is limited & preregistration is required by will be held at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center April 20 (for T-shirt order). Cost is $20 and includes lunch and the Nikiski Pool Saturday, April 20. The Easter Egg and a T-shirt. Investigate a wildlife forensics crime scene and Hunt will be held at NCRC at 2:30 p.m. for children in grade learn how to work a case, learn about wildlife management 6 and below. Hop & Splash will be held at the Nikiski Pool and enforcement, explore antlers, skulls and waterfowl ID. at 4:30 p.m. this event is for children ages 5-12 years. Be on Practice outdoor survival and boating safety. Explore GPS/ the lookout for the Easter bunny hopping around the pool! map and compass, archery, and learn how drones are used as —NPRSA spring craft fair: The annual NPRSA spring a wildlife management tool. craft fair will be held Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come see what local craftsmen and artisans have made! Caregiver support meeting Vendor booths are available, but they fill up quickly so reSoldotna Senior Center will host Caregiver Support serve your space today. Call 776-8800 for more information. Meeting: It’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month —Fitness classes: NPRSA has many offerings to help on Tuesday, April 9 at 1 p.m. We will have discussion cen- you meet your health goals in 2019. The following fitness tered around age-related issues and driving. Please join us to classes are held at NCRC: Strong by Zumba with Samanshare your experiences as a caregiver, or to support someone tha Pate: Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and Fridays at 9:30 a.m.; who is a caregiver. For more information, please call Sharon Yoga with Lacey Stock: Mondays at 6 p.m. and Wednesor Judy at (907) 262-1280. days at 9:30 a.m.; Body Blast with Lacey Stock: Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Spin Class with Teri Langston: Wednesdays at 6 Kenai Senior Center activities, April p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. —M&M Knitting group, Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 —NCRC Open Gym Nights: Teen Center, Monday – from 1-2 p.m. Friday, 2:30-8 p.m. —Card Making with Kimberley, Tuesday, April 9 at 1 —Full Swing Golf, Monday – Friday. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. p.m. —Egg Decorating, Monday, April 16 at 1 p.m. Soldotna Public Library activities —“No-Host” Dinner to Rosco’s in Ninilchik, Tuesday, For more information, contact the library at Soldotna April 16 at 4 p.m. $7 Ride Fee Public Library at 262-4227. —Kenai Peninsula Caregivers Group, Monday, April 16 —Food for Fines for National Library Week, April at 1 p.m. 8-13: Bring undamaged, unexpired canned or boxed non—Birthday Lunch, Thursday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. $7 suggested donation or free if your birthday is in April and perishable food items to the Soldotna Public Library seryou are more than 60 years old. Easter Brunch, Friday, April vice desk during open hours and receive a $1 per item credit toward the reduction of your existing Soldotna Library 19 from 11:30-1 p.m. —Ring-a-Lings - Lunchtime entertainment, Monday, fines. Don’t forget to bring your library card! —Jabila’ina Pride Dancers, Thursday, April 11, 4 p.m.: April 22 at 11:30 a.m. The talented Jabila’ina Pride Dancers are celebrating the —Riverside Band – Lunchtime entertainment, Monday, spirit and beauty of their rich cultural history, and you’re inApril 29 at 11:30 a.m. vited! All ages welcome. Pesticide training —Lunch and Learn on Earth Day, Monday, April 22 at 12 p.m.: What do penguins and polar bears have in comThe University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extenmon? Doctor Kristin Mitchell can tell you! She’ll be here sion Service will offer pesticide applicator certification training April 9-11 in several Alaska communities. The training to talk science and tell stories about her recent trip to Antwill take place by videoconference in Fairbanks, Delta Junc- arctica. —Movies @ the Library, Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m.: tion, Anchorage, Palmer, Soldotna and other communities as Join us for a movie and popcorn! Newt Scamander and Alrequested. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an exam scheduled after the training. A $75 fee for the training bus Dumbledore must take down the dark wizard Gellert includes study materials. Registration is available at http:// Grindelwald in this second installment in the series based bit.ly/PestInvasive. Participants are encouraged to become on J.K. Rowling’s book Fantastic Beasts and Where to familiar with the materials and required math beforehand. Find Them. Rated PG-13. —Everyday Computer Skills for Beginners, Fridays at For more information and to request another training location, contact Phil Kaspari at 907-895-4215 or pnkaspari@ 1 p.m.: Do you want to learn how to use a computer or the internet, but just don’t know where to start? We’re offering alaska.edu. beginning computer classes focusing on learning how to use Sudden Theatre computers for everyday tasks. Topics we will cover include Kenai Performers presents Sudden Theatre, an evening of basic computer hardware and software, the internet, email, 10-minute plays on April 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7 p.m. Location: managing files. Classes are on Fridays from 1 pm to 2:45 44045 K-Beach Road (backside of Subway restaurant). No p.m. from April 5 through May 10.


Opinion

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Serving the Kenai Peninsula since 1970 Jeff Hayden Publisher ERIN THOMPSON......................................................... Editor DOUG MUNN........................................... Circulation Director FRANK GOLDTHWAITE......................... Production Manager

Letter to the Editor

Governor put on a convincing roadshow It’s refreshing to find a politician

who follows through on his campaign promises. It’s even more rare to find one who says what he means and means what he says. Even in the face of intense opposition, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has stood tall in his roadshows to clearly explain our fiscal crisis and how we can fix it. I’m the kind of person who likes to do research before reacting and to get the story straight from the source. The AFP event at Everett’s in Wasilla gave me an opportunity to hear the governor speak for himself. Here’s my takeaway. The meeting was open, transparent, inclusive and straightforward. Gov. Dunleavy spoke clearly about our fiscal situation. He gave us the facts about where we’ve been with our budget, where we are now, and where we are heading if we don’t do things differently. The governor’s approach is to find the inefficiencies, duplication and wasteful areas that can be reduced. He wants us to right-size our state government and make it more efficient. Regardless of how you feel about the governor’s proposed budget, the numbers cannot be disputed. Since 2006 we have grown our state government by more than twice the rate of population and inflation. We have a $1.6 billion deficit and we have spent $14 billion from of our savings. If we continue to spend at this rate, we will run out of savings in 14 months. Some of the questions asked were related to taxes and why we cannot just raise revenue to fill the gap, but Gov. Dunleavy did a great job explaining that our problem is not just a revenue issue. To make up the difference we would need a 16% sales tax. If we established an income tax, every working person in Alaska would pay over $5,000 a year. He also made the great point that taxing the oil companies (the industry that is responsible for 93% of the revenue we collect) will drive them out of the state because they can extract oil from anywhere in the world. Most importantly, he explained that every time we get more revenue, we just grow the budget at an unsustainable rate. The governor also reminded us that legislators can confiscate part, or all, of our PFD to fill the gap. They have proven that they are willing to do this in the past and the House Majority has stated that they will do it again. But this is only a temporary, one-year fix to our budget problems, and just kicks the can down the road while continuing to harm the private economy. The governor wants the people of Alaska to be part of the discussion and part of the solution. He has proposed three amendments to the State Constitution; a spending cap and a savings plan, no new taxes or changes to how we tax without a vote of the people and Legislature, and protecting the original calculation of the PFD so that it can only be changed by a vote of the people. The reasoning behind these proposals is very logical and hard to dispute considering the facts. Gov. Dunleavy makes an excellent point when he says that if legislators trust the people who vote for them, they should also trust that they will make the right decision on his proposed constitutional amendments. It was clear to me after listening to Gov. Dunleavy speak and his administration answer questions that we need to balance our revenues with expenditures like most household do without taking money from the private sector. It’s called living within your means. It is also clear that the governor’s three constitutional amendments are necessary to keep us from making the same mistakes that we have in the past. I am thankful that we have a governor who has a plan and the courage to act on it. — John Miller, Mat-Su Valley resident since 1975

Why continue to teach in Alaska? The most satisfying experience of being an award-winning teacher is the immense sense of fellowship that comes from interacting and collaborating with the diverse population of exceptional educators throughout Alaska. Together we have spoken to large crowds at conferences, visited classrooms and gotten our hands dirty with students, and, most importantly, had a chance to really listen to each other’s stories and those of our fellow educators, those guardians of Alaska’s most precious resource: our children. We are a diverse group with a wide spectrum of experiences, skills, perspectives and priorities, but our years as teacher leaders in Alaska have brought two clear realities to the forefront. First, Alaska’s students and educators are doing incredible things in our classrooms every day, on par with any state in the nation or country on earth, regardless of the misrepresented data and false narratives special interests promote. We would put Alaskan students and teachers up against any classroom in the world. Second, yes, there is an education crisis in Alaska, but it’s not the one you think it is. The education crisis in Alaska is not related to test scores, indoctrination, per-pupil expenditures or any of the other misleading bullet points that fill campaign flyers and online comment sections. The very real and pressing crisis that threatens the long-term quality of Alaska education is teacher attraction and retention. While it is already hard to attract and retain teachers here in Alaska, especially in our rural and remote areas, this crisis goes beyond the $20 million we lose in annual turnover and the hundreds of currently unfilled positions harming districts. We want to be very clear: Alaska is at the precipice of a mass exodus of teachers, including many of us. As we have met and gotten to know thousands of teachers across our state, it has become very obvious that the most pressing question being discussed between colleagues in the copy room and with families at the kitchen table, is “Why should I continue to teach in Alaska?” This question has only gained urgency with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget and the administration’s rhetoric and mistruths regarding the quality and value of education and educators. Why should a valued professional teach in a state that is dead last in the quality of teacher retirement? Those of us hired from 2006 on have little to no incentive to spend a full career teaching in Alaska. In fact, we are actually incentivized to leave. After our Defined Contribution is vested after five years of service, we can take Alaska’s money to one of the 49 states currently offering a

A laska V oices Defined Benefit and dedicate a full career of service there. Our current retirement system for teachers has created a new industry for Alaska, the “tourist teacher.” The tourist teacher comes for a short time, uses our resources, takes our money, and flees back to the Lower 48 with a few souvenirs and stories, leaving Alaskan students to suffer the consequences. There is not a single financial reason for a teacher to remain longer than five years on a Defined Contribution retirement plan. A hybrid system would save Alaska money, help with the unfunded liability, and attract and retain a high-quality teacher workforce for years to come. Yet Sen. Jesse Kiehl can’t even get his retirement bill, SB 46, introduced for a simple hearing. Why should I teach in a state that isn’t even willing to debate such an important bill on its merits? Why should an expert with so many years of education and experience teach in a state that plays games with education funding, resulting in year after year of volatile spring semesters filled with unnecessary anxiety and pink slips? In what other industry are dedicated professionals annually threatened with layoffs? At the conclusion of the previous legislative session, something felt different. The conversation around stable and early funding had finally resulted in real change that was best for students. Yet here we are again, not even a calendar year later, facing the possibility of thousands of unnecessary pink slips. Alaskans need to look in the mirror and admit the harsh truth: we have money, we just care more about our short-term liquidity than we do about our future. There is no fiscal crisis, there is a priority crisis. We prioritize being the state with the lowest tax burden in the country and one that gives, yes gives, its residents free money every year. We prioritize letting billions of dollars of income and sales go untaxed in the pockets of non-resident workers and tourists who use our roads, airports, police, and other services for basically nothing. We prioritize subsidizing some of the most profitable companies in the world while our most fragile brothers and sisters suffer. We should prioritize funding our real most profitable resource, our children, and support early funding through Sen. Mia Costello’s constitutional amendment SJR 9. Why should someone who has

dedicated their life to the betterment of society through its young people teach where the most public figure in the state wants to gut state services and pretend the world operates in silos. The disappearance of Medicaid, pre-K programs, mental health care, public broadcasting, and opportunities via the ferry system, just to name a few, would have an extreme negative impact on our students’ learning, especially those most at risk. Why teach in a state where administration employee after administration employee repeats incomplete or flat out false figures over and over without a hint of shame, such as Alaska clearly spending 76% of school budgets on instruction, not 54%, and not being “dead last” in test scores? Education in Alaska can be improved through dialogue and collaboration, not accusations and manipulated math. “Why should I teach in Alaska?” This is a real question being asked over and over again by teachers here in Alaska and it is one that should have the governor, legislators and citizens alike extremely concerned for the future of our education system and, therefore, the future of our state. Thousands of teachers from every region and level in Alaska are having this discussion and trying to figure out what is best for themselves and their families. None of us want to leave Alaska. In fact, Alaska is at the top of the list of places we want to live. However, it is currently at the bottom of the list of places where education is valued and spoken about truthfully. It’s at the bottom of the list where a teacher can work toward a dignified retirement commensurate with experience and expertise. It’s at the bottom of the list in terms of stable and equitable education funding. Thousands of Alaskan teachers will continue to ask this question throughout the legislative session with the hopes that Alaska comes to prioritize the betterment of our state by investing in our students. But for many of us, the answer to “Why should I continue to teach in Alaska?” is starting to look like, “Maybe I shouldn’t.” Contributed by Ben Walker, 2018 Alaska State Teacher of the Year; James Harris, 2017 Alaska State Teacher of the Year; Danielle Riha, 2019 Alaska State Teacher of the Year; Jacob Bera, 2019 Alternate Alaska State Teacher of the Year; Eric Rush, 2018 Alternate Alaska State Teacher of the Year; Valerie Baalerud, 2017 Milken Educator Award; Amy Jo Meiners, 2016 Alaska State Teacher of the Year; Paul Campbell, 2016 Milken Educator Award; John Bruce, 2015 Alaska State Teacher of the Year; Catherine Walker, 2015 Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching; Chris Benshoof, 2013 Alaska State Teacher of the Year

AP news brief

Chief of staff says Dems will ‘never’ see Trump tax returns WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will “never” see President Donald Trump’s tax returns, said White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday, as a new front opened in the confrontation between the administration and Congress. Mulvaney accused Democrats of engaging in a “political stunt” and wanting “attention” after the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, asked the IRS to provide six years of Trump’s personal tax returns and the returns for

some of his businesses. “That is not going to happen and they know it,” Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday.” Asked whether he believe Democrats would ever view the president’s returns, Mulvaney replied: “Oh no, never. Nor should they.” Last week, Massachusetts Democrat Neal, one of only three congressional officials authorized to request tax returns, requested Trump’s personal and business returns in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig.

He asked for returns covering 2013 through 2018. He also asked for the documents in seven days, setting an April 10 deadline. An obscure 1924 statute includes no exceptions to Neal’s authority to ask the Treasury Department for returns and says the department “shall furnish” them when requested. It does require that the review of an individual’s return be conducted by members of Congress in “closed executive session” if the returns are provided without the taxpayer’s consent.


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Schools

Chance Percival

Soldotna High School Cinderella’s Closet is open at SoHi!!! Fortunately, SoHi was able to open last Friday, March 30 and were visited by 35 students, 32 of them left with a dress, shoes, accessory and makeup! Opening dates 3-6 p.m. in room 49: Monday, April 1; Wednesday, April 3; Friday, April 5; Monday, April 8; Wednesday, April 10 SoHi is still accepting donations of new and gently used formal dresses, shoes and accessories for both girls and boys. Items can be dropped off at the main office of Soldotna High School between 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Since the donations are made to a school, tax donation forms can be issued by SoHi upon request. This program started in 2008 and every year helps an average of 150 high school students of the Kenai Peninsula (KPBSD and home-schooled) with free dresses, shoes and accessories for prom and homecoming. If you have any questions, please email epokryfky@kpbsd.org for more info or visit and like us on Facebook: @cinderellacloset.kenai We are still in need of a permanent location. If you have a space that could be used for storing dresses and collecting donations year around, please contact epokryfky@kpbsd.org. Being this a program connected with SoHi, if you had a business location vacated, you could claim a charitable donation. Thank you on the behalf of KPBSD students! SoHi PTSA is excited to announce that the PTSA voted to give out three $500 scholarships this year. PTSA is going to stick with the same application as last year so it should be a smooth process. There is a whole new PTSA board this year and things haven’t quite hit their stride yet. If you need anything from PTSA to get these applications out, please email Maryanne Rogers at mailto: qtpa2t76@gmail.com. The after-school tutoring buses will start running on 8/28. There are two buses that leave at 4:15 p.m. You must be on the route list to ride the bus. See Ms. Wear in the library to find out more information and/or get on the bus list. You can also email her at mailto:twear@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call 260-7036. Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order at http://www.neffco.com. Click on Varsity Jackets, find our school by State, select Soldotna High School, starting at $149 you can personalize it anyway you would like. Makes a great Christmas gift! SoHi Pool Schedule Monday, Wednesday, Friday Morning Lap 6:30-7:30 a.m. Sport Calendar — http://www.arbiterlive.com/ Teams?entityId=21192 or http://www.asaa365.com/ There are two ways to order a transcript. Each way serves a different purpose. If you need a transcript sent to a college or NCAA or a similar agency, then you will need to log on to: http:// www.parchment.com to order transcripts to be sent. The request is then forwarded to SoHi. After processing, it then goes through cyberspace — rather than the US mail — to get to its destination, which is much faster! ALL transcripts that are headed for NCAA, colleges, etc. have to be processed this way! FINAL TRANSCRIPTS! A final transcript is one that shows your second semester grades. If you order your transcript when we are IN second semester, you will need to make sure you choose “next grading period” when you go on to Parchment — that way your transcript request will wait until the grades are in at the end of the year before it is sent. Kaleidoscope School The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Active Listening — To listen with the intention of understanding what the what the speaker intends to communicate. Monday, April 8: Sue Snyder will be working with our staff and students this week Tuesday, April 9: National Library Worker Day Wednesday, April 10: Family Night with Sue Snyder @ 5:30 come sing, dance, and play with Dr. Sue Snyder, visiting trainer with the Total Learning Institute which focuses on arts integration. All families are invited to attend! Upcoming Events April 15 – APC meeting @ 4:15 p.m. April 15-April 18 — Registration week for new incoming Kaleidoscope students April 18 – After Testing Fun Night for 3rd-5th grade from 5-8:30 p.m. April 19 — Vacation day! No school April 25 – 5th grade will be visiting KMS; Bingo for Books @ 6-7 p.m. April 26 – Student placement forms are due to the office by 4 p.m. April 29 – Safe Kids will be here with bike helmets for sale May 1 – Early Release @ 2:10; Bike Rodeo for 1st-5th grade Volunteers: Volunteers are welcome any time at Kaleidoscope! Background checks and volunteer training are required for each school year to be an approved volunteer. Go to http://kaleidoscope.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/ wpmu/volunteers for the links. Background checks may take up to two weeks to be processed. Volunteer Indemnification forms are to be completed 2 days before each study trip. K-Beach Elementary K-Beach Elementary Chess Club held its fifth annual chess tournament on March 29. A record 37 students competed. The tournament champion was Presley Novak with a score of 5 points. Second place was a four-way tie between Carter Felchle, Emma Hindman, Dax Widaman and Nicholas Veh. There was a three-way tie for third place between Christian Lewis, Noah Kirby and Scott Withrow. Fourth place was an 11-way tie between Ashlyn Hall, Boone Widaman, Caitlyn Eskelin, Damon Braden, Ethan Anders, Jacob Lowry, Liam, Marlee, River Kruzick, Ryla Hunt and Spencer Dahlman. All the students worked hard and made progress learning the game.

Mr. Daniels’s class appreciates Greg Daniels coming in to class to instruct them on digital photography, and particularly, black and white photography. After the lesson, students practiced taking photos, editing, and recording an analysis of their photo. A QR code was created to link their analysis to their photo art and placed in the K-Beach Art Show. Art Show guests could hold their phone to the photo and a link would be provided on their phone to listen to the student analyze their photo! April 19 – NO SCHOOL Connections Dates To Remember: — 4/9 & 4/10 - Jake Parrett in Seward Office/Testing — 4/9 - HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. — 4/10 - High School Eligibility Due — 4/16 - CENTRAL PEN: Gym Time at Kenai Rec Center 12-2 p.m. — 4/16 - HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. — 4/18 - Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4 p.m. (more info below) — 4/23 – CENTRAL PEN: GYM TIME: Earth Day clean up — 4/23 - HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. — 4/30 – 2019 Homeschool Talent Show (more info below) — 4/30 – REIMBURSEMENT DEADLINE – ALL Reimbursements Need To Be Turned In TODAY — 5/3 - Kenai River Clean Up @ Soldotna Visitor’s Center/Kenai River Bridge 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — 5/3 & 5/4 – FULL: Overnight Trip to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies contact Derek Bynagle for more info · 05/06 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour – Please Contact Julie Lindquist for More Details jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or 907-224-9035. Soldotna Office: Thursday Art Share: The Soldotna office is celebrating student art, grades K-12, every month! Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, digital art, etc… all are welcome and encouraged! Submissions can be dropped off anytime during the month, an art activity will start promptly at 3:15 p.m. on the Art Share day, see below for dates. · April: Green Earth theme! Thursday, April 18 from 3-4 p.m. **please note: any and all submissions are welcome regardless of theme** 2019 Homeschool Talent Show: The 2019 Homeschool Talent Show will be on Tuesday, April 30th from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Connections is looking for homeschool students to join the show and display their talents (singing, instrumental, art, skits, whatever!). We encourage talents of all types and ability levels, and also have an art display at the entrance to show off our student’s artistic abilities as well. Please contact Mark Wackler at the Soldotna Connections office if you are interested in participating in the talent show, or to get more info – mwackler@kpbsd.org Kenai River Clean Up: We’re currently recruiting student and parent volunteers to help clean up the river bank and make a positive impact on our community. Volunteers will meet at the Soldotna Visitor’s Center parking lot on May 3 at 11 a.m. We will clean for a minimum of one hour, and we will provide a lunch after the cleaning is complete. Bags and gloves will be provided, please wear waterproof shoes or boots and dress for the weather. If you would like to volunteer please contact Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd. org or 714-8880. Redoubt Elementary Kindergarten and new student registration for school year 2019/2020 will be held April 8 and 9 at our school. Please make sure to have proof of address and birth certificate. Prior to new students starting in the fall they must be up to date on vaccinations and have a physical on file. On April 12 we will be having our last Fun Fest for the year 3:30-5 p.m. All students that attend are school are welcome to come! Open house for Kindergartners starting in the fall will be April 15 at 9 a.m. There will be a delayed start for current kindergartners, school will start at 11 a.m. and end at 3:18 p.m. Site council meeting will be April 16 @3:45 p.m. in the teachers’ lounge, everyone is welcome to attend. We have no school on Friday, April 19. Pre- K forms are available in our office, applicants must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019, and must be within our attendance area. Screenings will be held in April. Pre-enrollment forms (pink) went home recently. Please take the time to fill out the form and let us know that your child(ren) will be attending Redoubt next year. Soldotna Elementary Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: April 18 Kindergarten Concert 6:30 p.m. April 19 Vacation Day (No School) April 22-26 Kindergarten Registration April 25 Kindergarten Round-Up 12:30-1:30 p.m. May 9 SOEL and SMCS Band and Choir Concert 6:00pm in the gym May 14 Parent PACK Meeting 7:30 a.m. or 3:45 p.m. in the Library Online Pre-Registration for all students is April 1-26. Please visit the school website under the Student Registration and Forms tab to register. Parents can register kindergartners April 22-26 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2019. Please bring birth certificates and immunization records. Soldotna Elementary is currently accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Title 1 Pre-K program. Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2019 and live in the Soldotna Elementary boundary. Applications are located at the front office. Reading Counts at Soldotna Elementary! Congratulations to the classroom winners for the first two weeks of competition! Week 1: Kyah Effenbeck, Breckin Sulley, Tristan Chestler, Kaiai Yezierski, Kira O’Brien, Jax Nash, and Tanner Hough. Week 2: Kayden Eastham, Alexandra Perttu, Breckin Sulley, Kaiai Yezierski, Niki Carson, Rylan Broyles, Dailehn Gares, Kylie Villa, Kaden Bessette and David Whiddon. Congratulations to the Soldotna Elementary Masonic Award Recipient, Scott Powell! Mountain View Elementary The Kindergarten Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m. in the gym at Mountain View. There is no school on Friday, April 19.

The 4th and 5th grade, including 5th grade band, will be holding their Spring Concert on Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the KCHS Auditorium. Skyview Today – Final Site Council Meeting – Skyview Library - 3:30 p.m. Thank you to all the Site Council Members for your contribution this year. Track and Field is underway! The first meet is Friday, April 12 – Homer invite at Homer – 1 p.m. There will be a meeting on Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Auditorium regarding the possible consolidation of Soldotna Prep and Soldotna High School. Any parents/students affected by this possible consolidation are encouraged to attend and share their concerns and/or ideas for a smooth transition. All class fees for the 2018-19 school year are in PowerSchool. Please make sure your student’s fees are paid before the end of the school year. Also, lunch account fees can add up quickly, so be sure to check with your student on their lunch account balance or contact the school office at 260-2500 to make sure they are not borrowing lunches from the cafeteria. All fees can be paid online, or by cash or check in person at the school Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The next Panther Student Council full membership meeting will be Wednesday, April 17 during FOL in the library. That FOL is available for sign up now! Please get your name on the meeting roster as soon as possible! Spring events information and volunteer sign-up sheets will be available at this meeting. This is an Enrichment FOL – be sure your grades are in good shape so you can sign up! If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Pothast. 7th graders interested in applying for Student Council Leadership Group for next school year should sign up for Mrs. Pothast’s FOL on Thursday, April 18. This FOL will be an information meeting where the Leadership application process and expectations will be explained and required paperwork distributed. The FOL is open now for interested 7th graders to sign up. This application process is open to all 7th graders. 7th grade students interested in going on the 8th grade DC & NYC trip next October please see Mr. Angleton to get a registration packet and other information. A parent meeting will follow, date and time to be determined. Congratulations to the March Students of the Month! Kadee Adams, Gabriel Almeida, Lilana Bahl, Jacob Brinkerhoff, Ania Brockway, Jay Brott, Alaura Brown, Alina Carrillo-Kompkoff, Mackenzie Carson, Suwannee Chapman, Angelina Chavarria, Avery Ciufo, Zeni Conway, Taylor Dobson, Trenton Dooley Gilliam, Brianna Ehret, Ben Engebretsen, Josephine Fadden, Kaleb Fidai, Kiara Forkner, Hunter Galleguillos, Elizabeth Garcia, Reagan Gibbs, Joshua Hall, Rohan Harris, Owen Hart, Logan Hart, Darek Hatten, Cody Henley, Elijah Jedlicki, Ben Johnson, Wesley Johnson, Willow Kitchens, Waylon Lansing, Brock Lapp, Cameron LaRoque, Chelsea Ann Lawrence, Peyton Lawton, Breanna Lewis, Joshua Lynner, Elissa Lyons, Avry McDonald, Steller Milbauer, Gabriel Newcomb, Wyit Nulph, Sylus Pannell, Collin Peck, Pyper Reger, Dakota Richie, Grace Richmond, Madson Richmond, Jolene Riske, Meg Roberts, Thiraphat Samutthirat, Brandie Schwenk, Simon Secor, Austin Sorhus, Myles Tackett, Evan Veihdeffer, Jenifer Webster, Abriella Werner, Xavier West, Haiden Wilkinson Soldotna Prep This week students are celebrating “Homegoing Week” with dress up days starting today: Monday-PJ Day, Tuesday – Ski Bum vs Beach Bum, Wednesday – Tie Dye, Thursday – Twin Day, Friday – Mathletes vs Athletes. Assemblies will be on Wednesday and Thursday during Advisory. The first spring supplement to the yearbook is now for sale through Tree Ring. Included in the supplement will be spring sports, prom, homegoing and other spring activities. The deadline to purchase the yearbook supplement is April 19, the cost is $10. The flyer with ordering information has been emailed to students and parents. Copies are also available at the office. After school tutoring is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the library from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (except for early release and no school days). This is a great opportunity to receive help if students are behind, or just want some extra time to work on classroom assignments. Make sure transportation is arranged and students are picked up promptly at 3:30 p.m. Students and parents are reminded to check Soldotna Prep’s Facebook page for school news and updated information: Soldotna Prep Facebook Page: https://www.facebook. com/SoldotnaPrep/ Soldotna Prep Web Page: http://soldotnaprep.blogs. kpbsd.k12.ak.us/ Dates to Remember: April 19 – Vacation Day, no school May 1 – Early Release May 22 – Last day of school Nikiski Middle/High Tuesday, April 9 Site Council Meeting – 4 p.m. in the Teacher Lounge Thursday, April 11 High School Soccer @ Kenai – Girls 4 p.m. / Boys 6 p.m. Friday, April 12 Middle School Track @ Homer – 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 Prom @ Triumviate – 8 p.m.–12 a.m. Promenade @ Nikiski High Auditorium – 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 – NO SCHOOL – VACATION DAY Jada Glaves is the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for March! Congratulations to our Girls Basketball Team for placing 2nd in the State Tournament and earning the State Academic Award for the highest combined GPA! Team members include: Emma Wik, Kelsey Clark, Bethany Carstens, America Jeffreys, Kaycee Bostic, Kaitlyn Johnson, Tika Zimmerman, Angela Druesedow, Elora Reichert, Lillian Carstens, Bailey Epperheimer, and Aspen Hooper; Coaches: Rustin Hitchcock, Whitney Hitchcock, Shannon Porter & Colton Anderson; Managers: Maddie Weeks & Sidney Epperheimer. Bethany Carstens was named the 3A Player of the Year & also selected to the State All-Tournament Team. Nikiski North Star This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week at NNS! NNS will be celebrating our volunteers with an appreciation tea on Tuesday, April 9th at 3:45 p.m. in the school library. We are so thankful and appreciative for each of our volunteers! Please come and let us celebrate you with some desserts and See BRIEFS, page A7


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Peninsula Clarion | Monday, April 8, 2019 | A7

Homeland Security Sec. Nielsen resigns American Airlines

extends Max-caused cancellations to June 5

By COLLEEN LONG and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid the administration’s growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border. President Donald Trump announced on Sunday in a tweet that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would be taking over as acting head of the department. McAleenan is a longtime border official who is well-respected by members of Congress and within the administration. The decision to name a top immigration officer to the post reflects Trump’s priority for the sprawling department founded to combat terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks. Though Trump aides were eyeing a staff shake-up at Homeland Security and had already withdrawn the nomination for another key immigration post, the development Sunday was unexpected. Nielsen traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday with Trump to participate in a roundtable with border officers and local law enforcement. There she echoed Trump’s comments on the situation at the border, though she ducked out of the room without explanation for some time while Trump spoke. As they toured a section of newly rebuilt barriers, Nielsen was at Trump’s side, introducing him to local officials. She returned to Washington afterward on a Coast Guard Gulfstream, as Trump continued on a fundraising trip to Cali-

By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer

In this Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, speaks with Border Patrol agents near a newly fortified border wall structure in Calexico, Calif. In a tweet on Sunday, President Donald Trump said he’s accepted Nielsen’s resignation. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

fornia and Nevada. Nielsen had grown increasingly frustrated by what she saw as a lack of support from other departments and increased meddling by Trump aides on difficult immigration issues, according to three people familiar with details of her resignation. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. She went into the White House on Sunday to meet with Trump not knowing whether she’d be fired or would resign. She ended up resigning, though she was not forced to do so, they said. Nielsen is the latest person felled in the Trump administration’s unprecedented churn of top staff and Cabinet officials, brought about by the president’s mercurial management style, insistence on blind loyalty and rash policy

announcements. Nielsen was also the highest profile female Cabinet member, and her exit leaves DHS along with the Pentagon and the White House staff itself without permanent heads. Patrick Shanahan has held the post of acting defense secretary since the former secretary, Jim Mattis, was pushed out in December over criticism of the president’s Syria withdrawal plans. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has held his post since January, following John Kelly’s resignation last year. Her resignation later lacked any sense of controversy — unlike those of others who have left. “Despite our progress in reforming homeland security for a new age, I have determined that it is the right

time for me to step aside,” she wrote. “I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse.” Her replacement, McAleenan, has helped shape many of the administration’s policies to date and is considered highly competent by congressional leaders, the White House and Homeland Security officials. But it’s unclear if he can have much more of an effect on the issues at the border. The Trump administration has bumped up against legal restrictions and court rulings that have hamstrung many of its major efforts to remake border security.

WASHINGTON — American Airlines is extending by over a month its cancellations of about 90 daily flights as the troubled 737 Max plane remains grounded by regulators. American said Sunday it is extending the cancellations through June 5 from the earlier timeframe of April 24. The airline acknowledged in a statement that the prolonged cancellations could bring disruption for some travelers. The Boeing-made Max jets have been grounded in the U.S. and elsewhere since mid-March, following two deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Airlines that own them have been scrambling other planes to fill some Max flights while canceling others. American Airlines Group Inc., the largest U.S. airline by revenue, has 24 Max jets in its fleet. The Dallasbased airline said it is awaiting information from U.S. regulators, and will contact customers affected by the cancellations with available re-bookings. Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said last week the company needs more time to finish changes in a flightcontrol system suspected of playing a role in the two crashes. That means airlines could be forced to park their Max jets longer than they expected.

American said Sunday that by canceling the flights in advance, “we are able to provide better service to our customers with availability and re-booking options,” and to avoid last-minute flight disruptions. American’s reservations staff will contact affected customers directly by email or phone, the airline said. “We know these cancellations and changes may affect some of our customers, and we are working to limit the impact to the smallest number of customers,” the statement said. Boeing said Friday that it will cut production of the Max jet, its best-selling plane, underscoring the mounting financial risk it faces the longer the airliner remains grounded. Starting in mid-April, Boeing said, it will cut production of the plane to 42 from 52 planes per month so it can focus on fixing the flight-control software that has been implicated in the two crashes. Preliminary investigations into the deadly accidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia found that faulty sensor readings erroneously triggered an anti-stall system that pushed down the plane’s nose. Pilots of each plane struggled in vain to regain control over the automated system. In all, 346 people died in the crashes. Boeing faces a growing number of lawsuits filed by families of the victims.

US to designate Iran Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group BY MATTHEW LEE and SUSANNAH GEORGE Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization,” an unprecedented move against a national armed force that could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. Officials informed of the step said an announcement was expected Monday, after a monthslong escalation in the administration’s rhetoric against Iran, its support for militia groups in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen, as well as anti-Israel groups in the region and beyond. It would be the first such designation by any American administration of an entire foreign government entity, although portions of the Guard, notably its elite Quds Force, have been targeted previously by the United States. Two U.S. officials and a congressional aide confirmed the planned move. They were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, seemed to anticipate the designation, saying

In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard troops march in a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq’s 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

in a tweet Sunday aimed at President Donald Trump that Trump “should know better than to be conned into another US disaster.” The designation, planning for which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes with sanctions, including freezes on assets the Guard may have in U.S. jurisdictions and a ban on Americans doing business with it or

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entertainment for your enjoyment. Spring pictures will be on Thursday, April 11th beginning at 9 a.m. in the library. Pictures will only be taken of those students with a pre-paid envelope. Sibling picture time is 1 p.m. If you need more information, please call the office at 776-2600. Pre-Kindergarten applications are available at the front office and online at the NNS website. Children must be screened to determine if they qualify. Screenings are scheduled for April 24. Appointments for the screenings will be made when you return your application to the NNS office by April 23. After the screening, parents of students who qualify will be contacted by the Pre-K teacher, Mrs. Thye. Kindergarten registration and orientation will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 9:15 a.m. in the NNS library. If your child will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2019 bring them along to have some fun while you enroll them at Nikiski North Star.

providing material support for its activities. Although the Guard has broad control and influence over the Iranian economy, such penalties from the U.S. may have limited impact. The designation, however, could significantly complicate U.S. military and diplomatic work, notably in Iraq, where many Shiite militias and Iraqi political parties have close ties to

the Guard. In Lebanon, the designation could further restrict with whom U.S. officials can interact. The Guard has close ties to Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government. Hezbollah is already designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. Its presence in Lebanon’s parliament and executive branch have forced the U.S. to avoid any contact with

Please remember to bring immunization records, birth certificates, and any legal custody papers. Please call the office for more information. Kenai Middle School KMS News for the Week of April 8 It’s the second week of April and this year is flying by! We start collecting aluminum cans this week. We will accept them through Thursday of this week. Make sure your name gets marked off on the collection sheet so that you can receive credit toward mini course sign-ups. Please empty all the contents of the cans and crush them before bringing them in to school. Also, be careful that there is no trash or debris mixed in with your cans. Scrap pieces of aluminum foil are not accepted and we will have to pick through the bags to remove unwanted trash. Thank you for your cooperation in the recycling process. Speaking of Mini Courses, be sure you are speaking to your students about their mini course choices. Some are 1-day, some are 2-day. Some have fees and some do not. Make sure you encourage your student to have a first, second, and third choice in case their first choice is taken! Our Volunteer Appreciation Coffee & Donut Drive-Thru is

Hezbollah members even as the U.S. continues to provide assistance to and works with the Lebanese army. Without exclusions or waivers to the designation, U.S. troops and diplomats could be barred from contact with Iraqi or Lebanese authorities who interact with Guard officials or surrogates. The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies have raised concerns about the impact of the designation if the move does not allow contact with foreign officials who may have met with or communicated with Guard personnel. Those concerns have in part dissuaded previous administrations from taking the step, which has been considered for more than a decade. It was not immediately clear whether the designation would include such carveouts. In addition to those complications, American commanders are concerned that the designation may prompt Iran to retaliate against U.S. forces in the region, and those commanders plan to warn U.S. troops remaining in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere of that possibility, according to a third U.S. official. This official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Aside from Iraq, where some 5,200 American troops are stationed, and Syria, where some U.S. 2,000 troops remain, the U.S. 5th Fleet, which operates in the Persian Gulf from its base in Bahrain, and the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, are potentially at risk. A similar warning is also expected from the State Department of possible Iranian retaliation against American interests, including embassies and consulates, and antiAmerican protests, the first two U.S. officials said. Similar alerts were issued at the start of the Iraq War in 2003 and more recently when the Trump administration announced it would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Despite the risks, Iran hardliners on Capitol Hill, such as Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and elsewhere have long advocated for the designation. They say it will send an important message to Iran as well as deal it a further blow after the Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed economic sanctions. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton have taken up the call and have in recent months spoken stridently about Iran and its “malign activities” in the region.

Wednesday morning beginning @ 7:15 a.m. Invitations have been emailed. If you volunteered and didn’t receive an invite we apologize for missing you; you are welcome to drive-thru anyway. We are incredibly appreciative of all our volunteers do for Kenai Middle School and we hope this small gesture brightens your morning. Thanks again Volunteers! The KMS Drama class will perform PRINCESSES on Thursday, April 11 @ 10:25 a.m. in the KMS Library. Please plan to join us for a fantastic performance. Our first Track meet of the season is Friday, April 12 on Homer. The meet begins at 1 p.m. Please join us if you can! Go Kossacks! Also on Friday, we will choose mini courses during the first part of the day! Remind you students to be on time to school! Save-the-Date April 15- Freshman Parent Orientation Meeting @ KCHS 6 p.m. April 16- Mass Choir @ Homer 6 p.m. April 19- No School April 29- Open House for New to KMS Students (Tell a friend)


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Sports

Baylor nabs national title TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Baylor lost a star player, then the rest of its 17-point lead. But the Lady Bears, led by the ever-poised Chloe Jackson, kept their composure. Jackson drove for a tiebreaking layup with 3.9 seconds left, and that put the game into the hands of another tournament hero. Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale missed the first of two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining, and Baylor held on for an 82-81 victory Sunday in the NCAA women’s basketball championship game. “They just kept doing what we’ve been taught to do, and that’s guard people,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “We just beat the defending national champions. That team is so good, so

talented. You’re going to see those guys play at the next level. Wow.” Baylor was able to pull off the win without star forward Lauren Cox, who injured her knee in a frightening scene late in the third quarter. The Irish were able to rally from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to tie it at 78 in the fourth. Jackson then scored a jumper from the foul line, and Jessica Shepard countered with two free throws to tie it, setting up the exciting finish. “We had to do it for LC,” said Jackson, who was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. “She got us here. We had to finish the job for her.” The Lady Bears (37-1) won their first championship in seven years. Mulkey and Baylor have won titles in 2005, 2012 and 2019. The 2012

championship game also pitted the Lady Bears against Muffet McGraw’s Irish in the last meeting of two female coaches for the title. The Lady Bears were primed to run away with the game as Notre Dame struggled to score. But the Irish have a knack for big comebacks, doing it against UConn in this year’s semifinal and against Mississippi State in last season’s title game, when they rallied from 15 down in the third quarter. Ogunbowale was instrumental in all those victories, forever becoming a part of the Final Four during last year’s title run. She made a shot with one second remaining to beat UConn in the semifinals, then hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left to top the Bulldogs in the title game.

Scoreboard Basketball NCAA Women’s Tournament FINAL FOUR At Tampa, Fla. National Semifinals Friday, April 5 Baylor 72, Oregon 67 Notre Dame 81, UConn 76 National Championship Sunday, April 7 Baylor 82, Notre Dame 81

NCAA Men’s Tournament FINAL FOUR At U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis National Semifinals Saturday, April 6 Virginia 63, Auburn 62 Texas Tech 61, Michigan State 51 National Championship Monday, April 8 Virginia (34-3) vs. Texas Tech (31-6), 5 p.m. All Times ADT

NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB y-Toronto 57 24 .704 — x-Philadelphia 50 30 .625 6½ x-Boston 48 33 .593 9 x-Brooklyn 41 40 .506 16 New York 16 64 .200 40½ Southeast Division x-Orlando 41 40 .506 — Charlotte 38 42 .475 2½ Miami 38 42 .475 2½ Washington 32 49 .395 9 Atlanta 29 52 .358 12 Central Division z-Milwaukee 60 21 .741 — x-Indiana 47 34 .580 13 Detroit 39 41 .488 20½ Chicago 22 58 .275 37½ Cleveland 19 62 .235 41 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division y-Houston 53 28 .654 — x-San Antonio 47 34 .580 6 New Orleans 33 48 .407 20 Memphis 32 48 .400 20½ Dallas 32 48 .400 20½ Northwest Division y-Denver 53 27 .663 — x-Portland 51 29 .638 2 x-Utah 49 31 .613 4 x-Oklahoma City 47 33 .588 6 Minnesota 36 44 .450 17 Pacific Division y-Golden State 56 24 .700 — x-L.A. Clippers 47 34 .580 9½ Sacramento 39 42 .481 17½ L.A. Lakers 37 44 .457 19½ Phoenix 19 62 .235 37½ x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division z-clinched conference Sunday’s Games Toronto 117, Miami 109, OT San Antonio 112, Cleveland 90 Oklahoma City 132, Minnesota 126 Charlotte 104, Detroit 91 Brooklyn 108, Indiana 96 Dallas 129, Memphis 127, OT Houston 149, Phoenix 113 Milwaukee 115, Atlanta 107 New York 113, Washington 110 Orlando 116, Boston 108 Golden State 131, L.A. Clippers 104 New Orleans 133, Sacramento 129 Portland 115, Denver 108 L.A. Lakers 113, Utah 109 Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Games Boston at Washington, 3 p.m. Charlotte at Cleveland, 3 p.m. Memphis at Detroit, 3 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami, 3:30 p.m. Golden State at New Orleans, 4 p.m. New York at Chicago, 4 p.m. Toronto at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Phoenix at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Denver at Utah, 5 p.m. Houston at Oklahoma City, 5:30 p.m. Portland at L.A. Lakers, 6:30 p.m. All Times ADT

Hockey NHL Playoffs

Pittsburgh Wednesday, April 10: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 3:30 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE Nashville vs. Dallas Wednesday, April 10: Dallas at Nashville, 5:30 p.m. Winnipeg vs. St. Louis Wednesday, April 10: St. Louis at Winnipeg, 4 p.m. Calgary vs. Colorado Thursday, April 11: Colorado at Calgary, 6 p.m. San Jose vs. Vegas Wednesday, April 10: Vegas at San Jose, 6:30 p.m. All Times ADT

Baseball AL Standings

East Division W L Pct GB Tampa Bay 7 3 .700 — New York 5 4 .556 1½ Baltimore 4 5 .444 2½ Boston 3 8 .273 4½ Toronto 3 8 .273 4½ Central Division Detroit 7 3 .700 — Cleveland 6 3 .667 ½ Minnesota 5 3 .625 1 Chicago 3 5 .375 3 Kansas City 2 6 .250 4 West Division Seattle 9 2 .818 — Houston 5 5 .500 3½ Texas 5 5 .500 3½ Oakland 6 7 .462 4 Los Angeles 4 6 .400 4½ Sunday’s Games N.Y. Yankees 15, Baltimore 3 Philadelphia 2, Minnesota 1 Cleveland 3, Toronto 1 Detroit 3, Kansas City 1 Seattle 12, Chicago White Sox 5 Houston 9, Oakland 8 Tampa Bay 3, San Francisco 0 L.A. Angels 7, Texas 2 Boston 1, Arizona 0 Monday’s Games Tampa Bay (Snell 1-1) at Chicago White Sox (Rodon 1-1), 10:10 a.m. Oakland (Estrada 0-0) at Baltimore (Cashner 1-1), 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 1-0) at Houston (Verlander 1-0), 3:10 p.m. Seattle (Hernandez 1-0) at Kansas City (Bailey 0-0), 4:15 p.m. Milwaukee (Chacin 2-0) at L.A. Angels (Cahill 0-1), 6:07 p.m. All Times ADT

NL Standings

East Division W Philadelphia 6 New York 6 Atlanta 5 Washington 4 Miami 3 Central Division Milwaukee 8 Pittsburgh 5 St. Louis 4 Chicago 2 Cincinnati 1 West Division Los Angeles 8 San Diego 6 Arizona 5 Colorado 3 San Francisco 3

L Pct GB 2 .750 — 3 .667 ½ 4 .556 1½ 4 .500 2 7 .300 4 2 .800 — 3 .625 2 5 .444 3½ 7 .222 5½ 8 .111 6½ 2 .800 4 .600 5 .500 7 .300 7 .300

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Sunday’s Games Philadelphia 2, Minnesota 1 Washington 12, N.Y. Mets 9 Atlanta 4, Miami 3 Pittsburgh 7, Cincinnati 5 Milwaukee 4, Chicago Cubs 2 St. Louis 4, San Diego 1 Tampa Bay 3, San Francisco 0 Boston 1, Arizona 0 L.A. Dodgers 12, Colorado 6 Monday’s Games Pittsburgh (Taillon 0-1) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 1-0), 10:20 a.m. Washington (Sanchez 0-0) at Philadelphia (Velasquez 0-0), 3:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 2-0) at St. Louis (Mikolas 0-1), 3:45 p.m. Atlanta (Teheran 0-1) at Colorado (Freeland 1-1), 4:40 p.m. San Diego (Lauer 1-1) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 0-2), 5:45 p.m. Milwaukee (Chacin 2-0) at L.A. Angels (Cahill 0-1), 6:07 p.m. All Times ADT

FIRST ROUND

Tigers 3, Royals 1

(Best-of-7; x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Tampa Bay vs. Columbus Wednesday, April 10: Columbus at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m.

KC 100 000 000—1 7 0 Det. 020 001 00x—3 5 0

Boston vs. Toronto Thursday, April 11: Toronto at Boston, 3 p.m. Washington vs. Carolina Thursday, April 11: Carolina at Washington, 3:30 p.m. New York Islanders vs.

Keller, Diekman (7), Boxberger (8) and Gallagher; T.Ross, J.Jimenez (8), Greene (9) and Joh.Hicks. W_T.Ross 1-1. L_Keller 1-1. Sv_Greene (7).

Indians 3, Blue Jays 1 Tor. 000 000 010—1 3 0 Cle. 200 010 00x—3 6 0 Stroman, Mayza (7), Giles (8) and Jansen; Clevinger,

Ne.Ramirez (6), O.Perez (7), Cimber (8), Hand (8) and Plawecki. W_Clevinger 1-0. L_Stroman 0-2. Sv_Hand (4).

Yankees 15, Orioles 3 NY 022 001 424—15 15 1 Bal. 000 000 300—3 5 0 German, Tarpley (7), Cessa (8) and Romine; Hess, Wright (6), Straily (7), Alberto (9) and Sucre. W_German 2-0. L_Hess 1-1. HRs_New York, Frazier 2 (3), Torres (3), Romine (1), Sanchez 3 (6).

Astros 9, Athletics 8 Oak. 220 102 010—8 11 0 Hou. 510 000 021—9 14 2 Fiers, Wendelken (2), Soria (6), Trivino (7), Treinen (8) and Phegley; Peacock, James (6), H.Rondon (8), Osuna (9) and Stassi, R.Chirinos. W_Osuna 1-0. L_Treinen 0-1. HRs_Oakland, Pinder (2), Grossman (1), Phegley (1). Houston, Kemp (1), Diaz (1).

Mariners 12, White Sox 5 Sea. 106 220 001—12 12 1 Chi. 011 000 300—5 10 1 LeBlanc, Festa (7), Bradford (8), Swarzak (9) and Narvaez; Nova, Burr (3), Frare (4), J.Ruiz (6), Fry (6), K.Herrera (8), Colome (9) and W.Castillo. W_LeBlanc 2-0. L_Nova 0-1. HRs_Seattle, Encarnacion (2), Vogelbach 2 (4). Chicago, Engel (1).

Angels 7, Rangers 2 Tex. 020 000 000—2 6 1 LA 040 002 10x—7 9 0 S.Miller, Springs (3), Bird (5), Kelley (7), C.Martin (8) and Kiner-Falefa; Stratton, J.Anderson (5), Bedrosian (6), Garcia (7), Buttrey (8), No.Ramirez (9) and Lucroy. W_J.Anderson 2-0. L_S.Miller 0-1. HRs_Texas, Gallo (4). Los Angeles, Goodwin (1), Trout (5).

Phillies 2, Twins 1 Min. 100 000 000—1 7 1 Phi. 000 002 00x—2 4 0 Berrios, May (7), Rogers (8), R.Harper (8) and J.Castro; Eflin, Dav.Robertson (8), Morgan (8), Neris (9) and Realmuto. W_Eflin 2-0. L_Berrios 1-1. Sv_Neris (1). HRs_Minnesota, Kepler (3). Philadelphia, Hoskins (3).

Red Sox 1, Diamondbacks 0 Bos. 000 000 100—1 5 0 Ari. 000 000 000—0 3 0 Velazquez, Workman (4), Walden (5), M.Barnes (7), Brasier (9) and Swihart; M.Kelly, Duplantier (9) and Murphy. W_Walden 1-0. L_M. Kelly 1-1. Sv_Brasier (2). HRs_ Boston, Moreland (3).

Rays 3, Giants 0 TB 100 100 010—3 10 0 SF 000 000 000—0 5 0 Y.Chirinos, Kolarek (6), Roe (7), Kolarek (7), D.Castillo (7), Alvarado (9) and Zunino; Pomeranz, Gott (5), Vincent (7), Melancon (9) and Kratz. W_Y.Chirinos 2-0. L_Pomeranz 0-1. Sv_Alvarado (4). HRs_Tampa Bay, Diaz (3).

Braves 4, Marlins 3 Mia. 020 000 001—3 7 2 Atl. 200 100 001—4 7 0 C.Smith, Kinley (7), Conley (9) and Wallach; Newcomb, Biddle (8), Parsons (8), Vizcaino (9) and Jackson. W_Vizcaino 1-0. L_Conley 0-2. HRs_Miami, Granderson (2). Atlanta, Swanson (3), Freeman (1).

Pirates 7, Reds 5 Cin. 021 000 020—5 7 0 Pit. 110 230 00x—7 12 2 DeSclafani, Hernandez (5), Stephenson (6), W.Peralta (8) and Barnhart, Casali; Archer, Kingham (7), Rodriguez (9) and Cervelli. W_Archer 1-0. L_ DeSclafani 0-1. Sv_Rodriguez (1). HRs_Cincinnati, Dietrich 2 (3), Schebler (1). Pittsburgh, Bell (2), Frazier (1).

Nationals 12, Mets 9 Was. 050 022 300—12 8 1 NY 010 000 503—9 11 1 Scherzer, Grace (7), Rosenthal (8), Suero (8), J.Ross (9), Doolittle (9) and Suzuki; Wheeler, Peterson (5), Avilan (7), Gsellman (8), Lugo (9) and Ramos, d’Arnaud. W_ Scherzer 1-2. L_Wheeler 0-1. HRs_Washington, Rendon (4). New York, Conforto (2),

Alonso (3).

Brewers 4, Cubs 2 Chi. 000 002 000—2 6 0 Mil. 201 100 00x—4 10 1 Hendricks, Chatwood (5), Ryan (6), Webster (7) and Contreras; Davies, Claudio (6), Hader (7) and Pina. W_ Davies 1-0. L_Hendricks 0-2. Sv_Hader (5). HRs_Chicago, Contreras (3). Milwaukee, Yelich (5).

Busch 418-444; B. Keselowski 445-469; J. Logano 470-481; K. Busch 482-500. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Ryan Blaney 3 times for 158 laps; Joey Logano 5 times for 146 laps; Kyle Busch 3 times for 71 laps; Brad Keselowski 2 times for 40 laps; Chase Elliott 1 time for 38 laps; Clint Bowyer 5 times for 24 laps; Erik Jones 1 time for 10 laps; Denny Hamlin 1 time for 7 laps; Ty Dillon 1 time for 6 laps.

Cardinals 4, Padres 1 SD 001 000 000—1 6 1 SL 000 200 11x—4 10 1 Strahm, Warren (6), Loup (7), Erlin (8) and Hedges; Wainwright, Brebbia (7), A.Miller (8), Jor.Hicks (8) and Molina. W_Wainwright 1-0. L_Strahm 0-2. Sv_Jor.Hicks (1).

Dodgers 12, Rockies 6 LA 024 122 010—12 12 0 Col. 003 002001— 6 10 2 Urias, J.Kelly (4), Ferguson (6), D.Santana (7) and A.Barnes; Bettis, Almonte (3), Estevez (5), B.Shaw (7), Musgrave (9) and Iannetta. W_J.Kelly 1-1. L_Bettis 0-2. HRs_Los Angeles, Bellinger (7), Muncy (3).

Racing NASCAR-Bristol Results

Sunday At Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn Lap length: 0.53 miles (Starting position in parentheses) 1. (17) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 500. 2. (27) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 500. 3. (7) Joey Logano, Ford, 500. 4. (3) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 500. 5. (5) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 500. 6. (9) Paul Menard, Ford, 500. 7. (8) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 500. 8. (20) Daniel Suarez, Ford, 500. 9. (11) Ryan Newman, Ford, 500. 10. (10) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 500. 11. (1) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 500. 12. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 500. 13. (13) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 500. 14. (15) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 500. 15. (24) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 500. 16. (2) William Byron, Chevrolet, 500. 17. (23) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 499. 18. (12) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 499. 19. (16) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 499. 20. (28) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 499. 21. (22) David Ragan, Ford, 498. 22. (25) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 498. 23. (14) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 497. 24. (4) Erik Jones, Toyota, 497. 25. (30) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 496. 26. (31) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 495. 27. (29) Matt Tifft, Ford, 494. 28. (18) Michael McDowell, Ford, 493. 29. (37) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 491. 30. (26) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 490. 31. (34) Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 488. 32. (36) Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 476. 33. (19) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 395. 34. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford, Accident, 308. 35. (35) Timmy Hill, Toyota, Suspension, 239. 36. (33) Gray Gaulding, Ford, Engine, 142. 37. (6) Aric Almirola, Ford, Accident, 3. RACE STATISTICS Average Speed of Race Winner: 90.527 mph. Time of Race: 2 hours, 56 minutes, 38 seconds. Margin of Victory: .722 seconds. Caution Flags: 11 for 77 laps. Lead Changes: 21 among 9 drivers. Lap Leaders: C. Elliott 1-38; C. Bowyer 39-40; R. Blaney 41; D. Hamlin 42-48; E. Jones 49-58; R. Blaney 59-117; C. Bowyer 118-123; T. Dillon 124129; B. Keselowski 130-144; J. Logano 145-255; R. Blaney 256-353; J. Logano 354-374; C. Bowyer 375-377; J. Logano 378; C. Bowyer 379-383; K. Busch 384-408; C. Bowyer 409-416; J. Logano 417; K.

Transactions BASEBALL American League CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Optioned OF Ryan Cordell to Charlotte (IL). DETROIT TIGERS — Placed LHP Matt Moore on the 10day IL. Reinstated RHP Drew VerHagen from the 10-day IL. HOUSTON ASTROS — Assigned RHP Brendan Feldmann to Corpus Christi (TL). NEW YORK YANKEES — Sent LHP CC Sabathia to Tampa (FSL) for a rehab assignment. TEXAS RANGERS — Placed 1B Ronald Guzman on the 10day IL. Recalled INF Patrick Wisdom from Nashville (PCL). TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Sent RHP Clay Buchholz to Buffalo (IL) for a rehab assignment. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Placed C Alex Avila on the 10-day IL. Recalled INF/ OF Tim Locastro from Reno (PCL). Traded OF Rob Refsnyder to Cincinnati for a player to be named. ATLANTA BRAVES — Placed C Brian McCann on the 10day IL. Recalled C Alex Jackson from Gwinnett (IL). COLORADO ROCKIES — Placed LHP Tyler Anderson on the 10-day IL. Recalled RHP Yency Almonte from Albuquerque (PCL). LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Optioned RHP Brock Stewart to Oklahoma City (PCL). Recalled RHP Dennis Santana from Oklahoma City (PCL). MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Optioned RHP Taylor Williams to San Antonio (PCL). Recalled RHP Jake Petricka from San Antonio. NEW YORK METS — Optioned C Tomas Nido to Syracuse (IL). Reinstated C Travis d’Arnaud from the 10-day IL. Signed OF Kenedy Corona to a minor league contract. PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Sent RHP Dovydas Neverauskas and OF Gregory Polanco to Bradenton (FSL) for rehab assignments. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Optioned RHP Alex Reyes and INF Yairo Munoz to Memphis (PCL). Recalled LHP Tyler Webb and RHP Giovanny Gallegos from Memphis. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Optioned INF Adrian Sanchez to Harrisburg (EL). Recalled RHP Joe Ross from Fresno (PCL). HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Fined Anaheim F Ryan Getzlaf $2,500 for roughing Los Angeles F Adrian Kempe. ANAHEIM DUCKS — Assigned F Alex Dostie from San Diego (AHL) to Tulsa (ECHL). BUFFALO SABRES — Fired coach Phil Housley. DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned Fs Christoffer Ehn, Martin Frk, Matt Puempel and Dominic Turgeon and D Jake Chelios, Joe Hicketts, Filip Hronek and Dylan McIlrath to Grand Rapids (AHL) and G Kaden Fulcher to Toledo (ECHL). FLORIDA PANTHERS — Fired coach Bob Boughner. NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Assigned Fs Joey Anderson, Nathan Bastian, Michael McLeod and Brett Seney to Binghamton (AHL). SAN JOSE SHARKS — Assigned D Cody Donaghey and Michael Brodzinski from San Jose (AHL) to Orlando (ECHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Reassigned F Nathan Walker to Hershey (AHL). COLLEGE ARKANSAS — Named Eric Musselman men’s basketball coach. MINNESOTA — Agreed to terms with men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino on a two-year contract extension. VIRGINIA TECH — Named Mike Young men’s basketball coach.

Sports Briefs Kyle Busch wins at Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch was in the race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, so of course, he won. Busch grabbed his third Cup win of the season, eighth overall at Bristol, and 10th this year spanning all three of NASCAR’s national series. He beat his older brother, who said if given the chance in Sunday’s race, he’d have wrecked him so that Kurt Busch was the one celebrating in victory lane. “He told me in victory lane and I told him ‘You can’t tell people you’re going to wreck them before you do it because when roles are reversed that person is going to wreck you because you already told them you were going to wreck them,’” Kyle Busch said. “So I guess if I’m ever running second to Kurt, I’m going to wreck him. I’m glad it didn’t turn out that way.” The Busch brothers lined up side-by-side on the final restart, but Kurt Busch had nothing to slow Kyle Busch’s steamrolling of the competition this year. They’d inherited the lead as the first in line not to pit for tires during the 11th caution, and it set up a final shootout between Bristol’s two winningest active drivers. “He gave it one hell of a fight,” Kyle Busch said. “Busch and Bristol, sounds familiar.” Kurt Busch is a six-time winner at the .533-mile highbanked oval and lamented the loss over the P.A. system. When he said he would have wrecked Kyle Busch, the crowd roared and affirmed Kurt Busch’s frustration with the final results. He’s emerged as the top driver in the winless Chevrolet camp with seven finishes of 12th or higher in his debut with Chip Ganassi Racing. “That one is tough. I really wanted to beat him. I was going to wreck him,” Kurt Busch said. “Figure he could give a little love to his brother. I wanted that one bad. Feel like him right now — I’m all mad because I didn’t win.”

Conners wins Texas Open after qualifying SAN ANTONIO — His first PGA Tour victory in the bag and his ticket punched for next week’s Masters, Corey Conners’ primary concern was a big change to his work weeks going forward. “No more Monday qualifying,” Conners said. “That’s the best deal from this. Amazing. It’s a dream come true. I won’t be as stressful on Mondays.” Conners won the Valero Texas Open on Sunday less than a week after qualifying, earning him the final available slot in the Masters. Conners only entered the tournament field Monday, and he’s the first golfer to win on the PGA Tour after qualifying on a Monday in nine years. He made three birdies in the final five holes, shooting a 6-under 66. He was 20-under for the tournament, winning by two shots over Charley Hoffman. Next stop for Conners: Augusta, Georgia. “My wife got an email this morning letting her know we could check in for our flight back home,” Conners said. “I told her, ‘Aw, don’t check in yet. Maybe we can make other plans.’ Big change of plans. It was going to be an off week. I’m glad it won’t be.” Hoffman, the 2016 Texas Open winner, shot 67 for 18-under on the week. — By The Associated Press

Today in History Today is Monday, April 8, the 98th day of 2019. There are 267 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27. On this date: In 1864, the United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery. (The House of Representatives passed it in January 1865; the amendment was ratified and adopted in December 1865.) In 1911, an explosion at the Banner Coal Mine in Littleton, Alabama, claimed the lives of 128 men, most of them convicts loaned out from prisons. In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for popular election of U.S. senators (as opposed to appointment by state legislatures), was ratified. President Woodrow Wilson became the first chief executive since John Adams to address Congress in person as he asked lawmakers to enact tariff reform. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman seized the American steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. (The Supreme Court later ruled that Truman had overstepped his authority, opening the way for a seven-week strike by steelworkers.) In 1961, a suspected bomb exploded aboard the passenger liner MV Dara in the Persian Gulf, causing it to sink; 238 of the 819 people aboard were killed. In 1963, “Lawrence of Arabia” won the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards; Gregory Peck won best actor for “To Kill a Mockingbird” while Anne Bancroft received best actress honors for “The Miracle Worker.” In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record. In 1988, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart resigned from the Assemblies of God after he was defrocked for rejecting an order from the church’s national leaders to stop preaching for a year amid reports he had consorted with a prostitute. In 1990, Ryan White, the teenage AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance had gained national attention, died in Indianapolis at age 18. In 1993, singer Marian Anderson died in Portland, Oregon, at age 96. In 2003, kidnapper-rapist John Jamelske, who had imprisoned five women and girls, one after another, as sex slaves inside a makeshift dungeon in his DeWitt, New York, home, was arrested. (Jamelske, who pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree kidnapping, is serving an 18 years-to-life sentence in a maximum-security prison.) In 2013, President Barack Obama warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter gun regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims during a visit to Hartford, Connecticut, that he was “determined as ever” to honor their children with tougher laws. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 87, died in London. Actress and former Disney “Mouseketeer” Annette Funicello, 70, died in Bakersfield, California. Ten years ago: Somali pirates hijacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama; although the crew was able to retake the cargo ship, the captain, Richard Phillips, was taken captive by the raiders and held aboard a lifeboat. (Phillips was rescued four days later by Navy SEAL snipers who shot three of the pirates dead.) A Russian spacecraft carrying a crew of three, including U.S. billionaire space tourist Charles Simonyi, landed safely in Kazakhstan. David “Pop” Winans Sr., patriarch of the award-winning Winans gospel music family, died in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 74. Five years ago: The U.S. said it would keep its current force of 450 land-based nuclear missiles but remove 50 from their launch silos as part of a plan to bring the U.S. into compliance with a 2011 US-Russia arms control treaty. Breanna Stewart scored 21 points and Stefanie Dolson added 17 points and 16 rebounds to help UConn beat Notre Dame 79-58, giving the Huskies a record ninth women’s national championship. One year ago: Patrick Reed won the Masters golf tournament for his first victory in a major, turning back late challenges from Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth. Chuck McCann, a zany comic who hosted a children’s TV show in the 1960s before branching out as a character actor in films and on TV, died of congestive heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital; he was 83. Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Shecky Greene is 93. Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh is 82. Basketball Hall of Famer John Havlicek is 79. “Mouseketeer” Darlene Gillespie is 78. Singer Peggy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 78. Songwriter-producer Leon Huff is 77. Actor Stuart Pankin is 73. Rock musician Steve Howe is 72. Former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay is 72. Movie director John Madden is 70. Rock musician Mel Schacher (Grand Funk Railroad) is 68. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is 64. Actor John Schneider is 59. “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch is 58. Rock musician Izzy Stradlin is 57. Singer Julian Lennon is 56. Actor Dean Norris is 56. Rock singermusician Donita Sparks is 56. Rapper Biz Markie is 55. Actress Robin Wright is 53. Actress Patricia Arquette is 51. Actor JR Bourne is 49. Rock singer Craig Honeycutt (Everything) is 49. Rock musician Darren Jessee is 48. Actress Emma Caulfield is 46. Actress Katee Sackhoff is 39. Actor Taylor Kitsch is 38. Rock singer-musician Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) is 35. Actor Taran Noah Smith is 35. Actress Kirsten Storms is 35. Rock musician Jamie Sierota is 26. Actress Sadie Calvano is 22. Thought for Today: “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” -- Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (born 1881, died this date in 1973).


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Mom takes action against daughter’s abusive boyfriend nice person, and it sucks. I am going to go to counseling because I know I need to do it, but Abby, how do I eventually not think about him and his wellbeing and be heartless like him? -- HAVING A HARD TIME IN GEORGIA DEAR HARD TIME: Abigail Van Buren I believe you are a good and nice person, but you are also one who is very mixed up right now. If you think your abuser loved you, you are mistaken. Men who treat women the way he treated you not only don’t love women, they don’t even LIKE them. Had your mother not done what she did, you could be dead. If you want an example of what love is, love is doing something to help your daughter, knowing it may alienate her forever, but doing it anyway to save her life. I’m pleased you have agreed to counseling because you need it very much. After you have gone for a while, your emotional dependence on your abuser will dissipate. He is exactly where he belongs, and you need to get on with your life.

DEAR ABBY: Five months ago, my husband and I suffered a miscarriage. We had been trying to have a baby for six years, and we were over the moon excited. We waited 12 weeks to tell any friends or family, but we ended up having complications and losing our little one at 22 weeks. My problem is some of our friends. I’m sure they mean well, but they continue to ask if we are trying again or if I’m expecting, and some keep insisting that I’m pregnant and that I should take a pregnancy test. It’s soul crushing. What can I say when they ask me next time that will stop them from asking in the future? We will certainly tell them when it happens, but I don’t want to discuss it until then. -- CHANGING THE SUBJECT DEAR CHANGING: Please accept my sympathy for your loss. The most appropriate way to handle these intrusive and insensitive questions (and comments) would be to tell them exactly what you told me in the last sentence of your letter and repeat it as necessary. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Hints from Heloise

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, April 8, 2019: This year, you might be more possessive than in the past. Do whatever it takes to get past this feeling. If single, you will meet several desirable catches in 2020. You do not want to push someone away. If attached, your sweetie probably expects you to try to distance yourself. Allow greater closeness through sharing more. If they wanted to, GEMINI could talk you into nearly anything! The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHHH You are unusually verbal and clear. You have the ability to depower a very controlling person, if you so choose. His or her arguments do not quite make sense, which you see clearly. Try to help this person work better with you and others. Tonight: Off to a favorite hangout. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH You cannot deny that you have a possessive streak, which can get you into difficult situations. Decide what might make you feel more secure and help you let go of a need to be possessive. Do just that. Tonight: Take a mini shopping trip. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHHH You have what it takes, and you know it. Before you explode onto the scene, try to clear out some loose ends and get through your workday. You will feel even more empowered as a result. Tonight: Zero in on what you want. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Use the daylight hours to the max. A meeting could prove very important and help you gain a better sense of where others are coming from. To your surprise, a difficult associate demonstrates the ability to be malleable. Tonight: Do not reveal your plans! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Take charge when others seem to be unable to take the lead. You accomplish a lot. Others respect you, allowing your suggestions to be taken seriously. You want to look at the long term. A meeting proves to be important. Tonight: Where your friends are. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHHH Reach out to a person who helps you see a broader vision of what

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Real or artificial? Tech titans declare AI ethics concerns a new board of outside advisers in late March to help guide how it uses AI in products. But instead of winning over potential critics, it sparked internal rancor. A little more than a week later, Google bowed to pressure from the backlash and dissolved the council. The outside board fell apart in stages. One of the board’s eight inaugural members quit within days and another quickly became the target of protests from Google employees who said her conservative views don’t align with the company’s professed values. As thousands of employees called for the removal of Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James, Google disbanded the board last week. “It’s become clear that in the current environment, (the council) can’t function as we wanted,” the company said in a statement.

That environment is one of increasing concern that the corporate AI ethics campaigns lack teeth. “I think (Google’s decision) reflects a broader public understanding that ethics involves more than just creating an ethics board without an institutional framework to provide for accountability,” AI researcher Ben Wagner said. Google’s original initiative fell into a tech industry trend that Wagner calls “ethics-washing,” which he describes as a superficial effort that’s mostly a show for the public or lawmakers. “It’s basically an attempt to pretend like you’re doing ethical things and using ethics as a tool to reach an end, like avoiding regulation,” said Wagner, an assistant professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. “It’s a new form of self-regulation without calling it that by name.”

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their interior organs “cook inside,” so it’s difficult to get a fresh and accurate look inside a dead whale’s body. They were particularly interested in the leviathan’s stomach, to see if it contained concerning amounts of plastic or large amounts of sablefish. Increased amounts of plastic in the ocean have been killing sea creatures, and sperm whales have gained a somewhat notorious image for preying on sablefish in large numbers, Savage said. They didn’t find plastic or sablefish in the stomach, Savage said, but they found numerous squid beaks. Members of the team were pleased to not find any plastic. Many fishermen have reported seeing magister armhook squid in Lynn Canal, according to the NOAA article. Other intriguing finds, Savage said, included a large area of globular fat attached to the sternum and bumpy areas in the animal’s skull in places they didn’t expect to find them. They’ve now sent samples they took to sperm whale experts to get their thoughts on the find. Savage admitted that with so few sperm whales up here to examine, she and the other researchers weren’t quite sure what was rare and what was normal. “It really is going to be a good way to extend our knowledge, our personal knowledge of sperm whales and sperm whale anatomy and what to expect next time,” Savage said. “Who knows when that will be? But at least we’ll be prepared.” The second time the re-

he knows of in Alaska triggered by the chemical. “This is a brand new issue for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and ADFG’s leadership is trying to figure out the best way to proceed,” Viavant said. Firefighting foam with the chemical was accidentally discharged in Polaris Lake, prompting water testing in October 2016, said Laura Achee, spokeswom-

an for the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Kimberly Lake was tested for the chemical in October 2018 as part of the testing of groundwater near the former Flint Hills Refinery, Achee said. “The primary focus on PFAS sampling and response has been aimed at potential drinking water impacts,” Achee said. “Limited surface water sampling has been conducted to date.” No other fish-bearing bodies of water have been found to have high levels of the chemical, Achee said.

By MATT O’BRIEN and RACHEL LERMAN Associated Press

The biggest tech companies want you to know that they’re taking special care to ensure that their use of artificial intelligence to sift through mountains of data, analyze faces or build virtual assistants doesn’t spill over to the dark side. But their efforts to assuage concerns that their machines may be used for nefarious ends have not been universally embraced. Some skeptics see it as mere window dressing by corporations more interested in profit than what’s in society’s best interests. “Ethical AI” has become a new corporate buzz phrase, slapped on internal review committees, fancy job titles, research projects and philanthropic initiatives. The moves are meant to address concerns over ra-

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Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger, president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, said during a call with media representatives Tuesday the assessment was put together by examining both an elementary and high schoollevel state report card from each state. The school report card reviews were conducted in January of 2019, according to the Data Quality Campaign website. “We looked for what parents and communities could reasonably find,” BellEllwanger said. “This isn’t a compliance check. It’s about making this critical informa-

In this Jan. 5, 2019, file photo people stand in front of the Google tent during preparations for CES International in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

cial and gender bias emerging in facial recognition and other AI systems, as well as address anxieties about job losses to the technology and

its use by law enforcement and the military. But how much substance lies behind the increasingly public ethics campaigns?

And who gets to decide which technological pursuits do no harm? Google was hit with both questions when it formed

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searchers came back, about a week later, they found that someone had come and stolen the whale’s jaw. Sperm whale teeth, Savage said, are coveted. Raiding a sperm whale’s body is also illegal, as the animal is endangered. NOAA encourages the person who took the jaw to return it, and anyone who has knowledge of who might have taken it are asked to call the NOAA

Office of Law Enforcement’s 24-hour hotline at (800) 853-1964 or the Alaska Division at (907) 586-9329. This particular whale was spotted when a pilot was flying over the area, Savage said. If others see a marine mammal washed up on shore, they’re asked to call the NOAA Fisheries 24-hour hotline at (877) 925-7773. As for the whale, he’s

still resting on the beach near Juneau. Savage said she hopes animals in the area can get some use out of the whale before it wastes away completely. “If it’s lying on the beach like that, then it’s OK to collect what we need to and let the various scavengers collect some energy from it.” Savage said. “I’m hoping there are some bears that see that guy and use some of that.”

dividends and state expenses. This bill follows in the footsteps of Senate Bill 26, which passed into law last year. SB 26 limited the amount the Legislature can pull from the Permanent Fund’s earnings reserve to prevent the government from taking too much from the fund. That bill did not clear up how much of that draw (which is 5.25 percent of the fund’s market value) could go to expenses and how much goes to dividends. SB 103 seeks to clarify how much of that 5.25 percent can go to state services and how much can go to dividends, so that future dividends are more consistent. “The Senate is committed to protecting the Permanent Fund and dividends for future generations of Alaskans,” said Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, in a press release. “SB 103 creates a revenue limit for government and ensures the dividend program survives by protecting it from being consumed by the operating budget. It

tion easy to find in one place.” Two common criticisms Bell-Ellwanger and others on the call leveled at state report cards included a lack of nonEnglish reports, convoluted language and being difficult to navigate. Hardin said diversifying the languages in which reports are offered is a goal every state department should have and making the reports both easier to navigate and understand is a priority. She also pointed out some steps that were taken this year to improve those aspects of the reports. New web design elements such as circular information icons that define terms when hovered over by a cursor, and labeled tabs at the side of the screen are intended to help make the

state report cards easier to understand and navigate, Hardin said. The assessment found that many states, including Alaska, do not offer the state report cards as downloadable PDF files. However, Hardin said there are single-page reports that are downloadable, but not linked to in the state report cards. She said making it easier to find such reports in one place is a goal for DEED, and there are ongoing talks about streamlining website navigation. “We’re definitely having discussions internally to make a webpage that’s more of a dashboard function,” Hardin said. “Those are conversations we’re having internally, how can

we improve.” What do state report cards tell schools? State report cards don’t show the school district much that affects day-today operations, said Ted Wilson, director of teaching and learning support for City and Borough of Juneau School District. The district reports the data that’s presented and generally has more detailed internal information, Wilson said. “The individual student data that we get for our own assessments is what we use for designing the day-to-day for the individual student,” Wilson said in an interview with the Juneau Empire. “It has its role, and it’s a good yard stick, but day to day we have a lot of internal

things we use for that.” However, he said since the reports are done throughout the state, it does allow the district to compare itself to other districts or state averages, check its internal data and potentially track year-over-year trends. “We can check against how we’re doing compared to the previous year, the previous few years,” Wilson said. “We can see how we’re doing compared to the state. Every once in a while you do want to look up and see where are we compared to everyone else.” Tracking progress using state report cards can be slightly complicated in Alaska. Standardized testing data for the past five years is incomplete because of tech-

The team collected the whale’s teeth to determine age, blubber to check for contaminants, and a variety of tissue samples to enable future studies, and understand factors that contributed to the whale’s death. (Courtesy photo | Johanna Vollenweider, NOAA)

draws a line in the sand beyond which the state cannot cross over and take from the dividend.” Under a 50-50 split, eligible Alaskans would receive approximately $2,340 in their PFD, according to a presentation to the Senate Finance Committee last week. One of the main themes heard around the Capitol this session is that these budgets and proposals are serving as starting points rather than the final word on the issue. Sen. Natasha von Imhof, R-Anchorage, cochair of the Senate Finance Committee, characterized SB 103 in the same way. “SB 103 is a conversation starter,” Von Imhof said in a release from the Senate Finance Committee. Senate Bill 104, which was also introduced Friday, would cap government spending at $5 billion for the 2021 fiscal year. “A spending cap gives the Legislature the discipline it needs to keep state spending at a reasonable level from one year to the next,” Von Imhof said in the release. SB 103 and SB 104 were referred to the Senate Finance Committee where a hearing is scheduled for both bills on Wednesday, April 10.

nical issues that prevented tests from being taken in 2016. Results are also difficult to compare year over year because of changing test types. “The fact that we are on our third state assessment in five years is definitely challenging. It’s one of the reasons we’re so glad we have a local assessment (Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress assessment) that we have a lot of history with,” Wilson said. “PEAKS (Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools), the state assessment being brand new, it’s a little bit different. It makes it a little more challenging. It does give us another dipstick to use as comparison data.”

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