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Sunday, January 4, 2004

Report: Rose admits to betting on baseball
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Pete Rose admits in his upcoming autobiography that he gambled on baseball, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Saturday.

Dog handling teaches novices about mushing
Living in Alaska, it's pretty hard not to be exposed to sled dog racing.

Impact of court decision unknown in salmon project
The impact of Tuesday's decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to declare a long-running salmon enhancement project in Tustumena Lake illegal under federal law has yet to sink in, but it may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, an official with the nonprofit agency that has conducted the stocking operations since the mid-1990s said Friday.

Soldotna couple delivers first child of 2004 on Friday
Twenty years ago, Barbara and Ronald O'Lena of Soldotna started off on an adventure to move from Indiana to Alaska. Their new son, Joshua Steven, began his life's adventure at noon Friday already in Alaska.

Wagoner bill adds inlet to pipeline study
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, has prefiled a bill to amend the Natural Gas Development Authority Act of 2002 to include specific reference to constructing a gas pipeline to tidewater at Cook Inlet.

Photo feature: Long shadows
Dave Caswell lets the sun shine in Saturday afternoon while talking to a friend in the entrance to Skyview High School. The central Kenai Peninsula is gaining more than two minutes of sunlight each day as summer slowly approaches.

Ronald Jay Swanson
Kasilof resident Ronald Jay Swanson died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, surrounded by his family in Eugene, Ore., of cancer. He was 57.

Leslie Gordon Augustson
Anchorage resident Leslie Gordon Augustson died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at Providence Extended Care Center in Anchorage of natural causes. He was 85.

Reflecting on long road to statehood, work left unfinished
As far as we know there was no celebration, but Alaska marked 45 years of statehood Saturday.

Making the most of new year
It's a fantasy, of course, that Jan. 1 represents some kind of rebirth, a cleaning of the slate, a point of absolution for last year's sins.

Good news on economic front
One-third of Alaskans are under the age of 20. They are 210,000 members of the next generation for whose future we must prepare. We have an obligation to provide our young people with options in life and productive outlets for their energy and talents.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Historical Society meeting todayNikiski council meeting slatedGardeners lecture series to beginFish and Game committee to meetFrontier board meeting slatedWomen's outdoor workshop slatedAuction fund-raiser for hospice slated

Humphrey, Nusunginya marry in Kenai
Melissa Humphrey and Vincent Nusunginya were married at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Pastor Brad Cason officiated.

Tell the vending machine the relationship is over
Move your wide rear end over, Dr. Phil. Richard Simmons, please and I am begging you put on a real shirt and a pair of long pants, and listen up. I have a diet plan that not only works, but also saves you money.

Salley, Olson wed in Oregon
Sharon Salley of Portland, Ore., and David Olson of Kenai were married at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Klamath Falls, Ore. Vince O'Rourke officiated.

Following the flourish of competitive cook-offs
PORTLAND, Maine Three decades ago, Roxanne Chan entered a cooking contest on a whim and won an 18-volume set of ''Better Homes & Gardens'' cookbooks.

Black-eyed peas help start year off right
AMARILLO, Texas Diners peas-fully eyed a Southern tradition on New Year's Day.

Resolutions don't stop with people
Once again the calender has flipped to a new year, and with it comes all the resolutions often centered on self improvement.

My best friend
From left, Wyatt, Hetta and Wesley Quade, of Kenai, take a break from sled dog training with their dog Panda, a 1-year-old Siberian husky.

Baked Carmel Corn
One of my favorite holiday recipes is for baked caramel corn. It is one from my mother's collection of many fine, tasty treats that were special to our family. It also had the nickname of "Cracker Jacks." It's a great gift idea for those who have a sweet tooth.

Archangels take down SkyHi boys
The Skyview High School boys basketball team dropped a nonregion game Saturday, losing 50-47 to Lumen Christi in an endowment game at Skyview.

Messier's brilliant passing pushes Rangers past Penguins
PITTSBURGH Mark Messier set up the Rangers' first two goals, and Jussi Markkanen withstood a penalty shot and a sizable Pittsburgh shots advantage to beat the Penguins 4-1 Saturday.

Tougher Titans outlast Ravens
BALTIMORE With one gritty victory, the Tennessee Titans ended a run of misery against Baltimore and kept alive their hope of returning to the Super Bowl.

New England's Belichick named NFL's top coach in a landslide
Bill Belichick owns three Super Bowl titles, and after leading the New England Patriots in his best coaching job, he was honored Saturday as The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year.

Techno Bowl
NEW ORLEANS The Sooner Schooner is in town, pulled by horses named Boomer and Sooner. The glittery Golden Girls and their 325-member Golden Band from Tigerland are here, too.

Arkansas coach turns down Nebraska's riches
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Houston Nutt rejected Nebraska's $2 million coaching offer, saying strong family ties and a job left undone kept him at Arkansas.

BCS chief says no playoff for next season
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Despite the likelihood of a split national championship, BCS coordinator Mike Tranghese said Saturday a playoff system for college football won't even be discussed among proposed changes for next season.

Panthers shred Parcells, Dallas
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Long after Bill Parcells headed to the locker room for the final time this season, the Carolina Panthers returned to the field and ran a slow victory lap around Ericsson Stadium.

Sports Briefs
Alaska-Fairbanks splits with Ferris St.Former UCLA All-American dies

Krzyzewski nets 600th win at Duke
CLEMSON, S.C. Daniel Ewing scored 19 points and J.J. Redick 17 to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his 600th win at Duke, a 73-54 victory Saturday over Clemson.

CIA boys take fourth at ACS Invitational
Adam Cooper led the Cook Inlet Academy boys team to a 66-50 win over Dillingham and a fourth-place finish at the ACS Invitational basketball tournament Saturday in Anchorage. With the game tied at 29 heading into the third quarter, Cooper exploded for nine of his game-high 19 points during a decisive 20-10 run that put CIA ahead to stay.

No. 4 Duke snaps UConn's 69-game home win streak
HARTFORD, Conn. Alana Beard scored 20 of her 21 points in the second half, and No. 4 Duke rallied to beat top-ranked Connecticut 68-67 Saturday to snap a home winning streak of 69 games and prevent the Huskies from setting an NCAA record.

San Antonio's bricks cause collapse of win streak
SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan attempted San Antonio's first eight free throws and missed them all. By the end of the afternoon, the Spurs had clanged away their 13-game winning streak.

Georgia Tech blows out Tulsa in Humanitarian Bowl
BOISE, Idaho P.J. Daniels ran for 307 yards, the second-highest total in Georgia Tech history, and the Yellow Jackets salvaged their seventh straight winning season by routing Tulsa 52-10 Saturday on a frigid afternoon in the Humanitarian Bowl.

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