Sunday, January 2, 2005

Yankees to break $200 million barrier this season
NEW YORK — There appear to be few, if any, limits to what the Yankees can afford, the reason they can add Randy Johnson and perhaps Carlos Beltran to their firmament of stars. Then again, money is no object when you play in a city where apartments sell for $44 million, nursery schools can command $24,000, and dinner for two at a top restaurant can cost $1,000.

Moon shine
The moon rises recently above peaks in the Kenai Mountains along Skyline Trail as the setting sun paints surrounding snow pink. Forecasters are calling for snow flurries today and Monday.

Forster hearing postponed
An evidentiary hearing that had been scheduled for Kenai Superior Court in December in the David Forster trial, was postponed until Jan. 25.

Man finds new home for holiday
Funny River resident John Winningham is nearly 50 years old and had never enjoyed a Christmas dinner with his biological family — until this year.

Chefs cook up aid fund
Much as the events of Sept. 11, 2001, affected the lives of more than just the people of New York City, the recent earthquake-tsunami catastrophe affects more than just those people who were on the beaches of Indonesia and 11 other countries last Sunday when the wall of water came ashore.

Ruth Gainer
Kenai resident Ruth Gainer died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Nicholson's Assisted Living in Kenai. She was 86.

Annie R. Faulkner
Longtime Soldotna resident Annie R. Faulkner died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at her home. She was 82.

Jean (O'Dea) Carroll
Kasilof resident Jean (O'Dea) Carroll died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at home with her family by her side. She was 84.

Paul M. Vozar
Longtime Kenai and Anchorage resident Paul M. Vozar died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at Providence Hospital Alaska due to complications from a routine out-patient colonoscopy. He was 70.

Don't let go of your goal
Well, it's that time of the year again. Time for the New Year's resolutions, that is. You know, that time when we come up with those easy-to-make and easy-to-break promises to ourselves.

Legislators should resolve to agree on budget fix in '05
As a new year begins, Alaska legislators should resolve once and for all to agree on a long-term budget plan. This year. Not two years down the road. Not after oil prices plummet. Not after some crisis forces the state's hand. Now.

Around the Peninsula
Missionary to address Kenai Aglow New dog classes set to start CPHC seeking new members

911 caller barks for help after owner falls
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Faith the service dog phoned 911 when her owner fell out of her wheelchair and barked urgently into the receiver until a dispatcher sent help.

Massage offers pets a touch of healing
So you know Rover Dog and Friskie Kitty enjoy a good rubdown.

My best friend
Xena has enriched the lives of Dean and Susan Robinson of Soldotna since they adopted her at 6 weeks of age. Now she is 4, weighs 78 pounds and has a sweet disposition. Here it is Christmas and Xena is gently opening one of her gifts. The Robinsons were told she's a border collie, but they call her a "blacken retrieve" because she looks like a golden retriever except for her color. They jokingly say her Eskimo name is "quicklic," and their entry rug reads, "Beware, Dog Can't Hold Its Licker."

Taking care
The Wetzel family experienced the reality of coping with the aging process after caring for their parents at home became a priority.

Short-handed Kansas edges Georgia Tech
LAWRENCE, Kan. — It took Kansas more than a half to realize it could beat a good team without Wayne Simien.

From the sideline: ASAA must tackle travel
In Alaska high school sports there are two classes of teams — those that pay a lot for travel and those that pay a lot less.

Sports View: Let mudslinging begin in Olympic bid TV debate
The first TV debate in Olympic bid history might be coming soon. What a riveting concept! What a thrill! Five guys with cities to sell.

Texas clips Michigan in final seconds
PASADENA, Calif. — A winning kick put the controversy to rest. The Texas Longhorns proved they did indeed belong in the Rose Bowl.

Nikiski girls finish second at ACS
The Nikiski girls basketball team lost to Barrow 48-43 in the championship game of the Anchorage Christian Schools-Pepsi Invitational Saturday.

Utah shows it belongs in BCS
TEMPE, Ariz. — Utah looked like a powerhouse that deserved a better final test to its BCS-busting season.

LSU leans toward Miles
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Les Miles is the top choice to replace Nick Saban as LSU's football coach, a source close to the negotiations said Saturday.

Arizona State stops Purdue
EL PASO, Texas — Sam Keller showed remarkable poise in his first collegiate start, throwing a 19-yard touchdown pass to Rudy Burgess with 44 seconds left to lead Arizona State to a 27-23 victory over Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Friday.

Micmacs take down Lakers
The Peninsula Micmacs defeated the Strawberry Lakers 6-5 Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center in the Memorial Hall of Fame Game, a hockey contest played to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association.

Delhomme again in must-win Panthers-Saints tilt
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It's not exactly a repeat performance for Jake Delhomme, but it's about as close as he can get.

An argument for Owens as NFL's Most Valuable Player
Conventional wisdom says Peyton Manning is the NFL's MVP. So do his accomplishments.

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