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Saturday, January 8, 2005

Johnson agrees to extension with Yanks
NEW YORK — Randy Johnson moved within one step of joining the New York Yankees, and the Houston Astros said Thursday they've made their final offer to Carlos Beltran.

Even with winter chill, Central Oregon offers good opportunity for fly fishers
BEND, Ore. — With winter settling in on the High Desert, fly fishing might be the last thing on the minds of many Central Oregonians.

Technology improvements boost popularity of ice fishing
CASS LAKE, Minn. — Brian Brosdahl is a poster boy for how the sport of ice fishing has evolved in the last 10 years.

Blacktail deer offer special experience
JUNEAU — Although Alaska is home to bigger, more dangerous and more glamorous big game, Sitka blacktail deer hold a special place in the hearts of some hunters.

Kind deed leads to another
Who was that mystery man in the huge, yellow front loader?

Residents have chance to be heard on fisheries issues
If you are an avid sport fisherman, personal-use fisherman or commercial fisherman, there are two upcoming events that will afford you the opportunity to be heard on fishery issues for our area.

U.S. should start focusing on its own citizens in need
Today I watched CNN news and again, the news was dominated by the tsunami disaster. I feel for the people who have experienced loss and heartache in this disaster, but I think it is time that the United States stop and reconsider the amount of foreign aid it is sending not only to the nations affected by this disaster but other nations across the world.

KEDS seeks public's ideas
The Kenai Economic Development Strategy, or KEDS, working group says a draft of the economic development strategy calling for, among other things, a town center is complete and now community input is needed.

Volcano level raised
KODIAK (AP) — One of the largest and most active volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula has grown increasingly restless since the start of the new year, sending up small ash plumes and experiencing increased seismic tremors.

Nikiski center project moves along
The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area has developed a revised plan to convert part of the old Nikiski Elementary School into a community center, said Karen Kester, recreation director for the service area board.

Falling into winter
Beat up and broken down from rain and freezing, area highways received some special attention from state road crews who put in extra hours this week.

Shooting victim's family files lawsuit
The state of Alaska and two state troopers were given 20 days to respond to a lawsuit filed in Kenai Superior Court alleging wrongful conduct in the shooting death of Casey Porter in a Sterling Highway pullout two years ago.

Brent Stephens
Kenai resident Brent Stephens died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 52.

Not all government spending wasteful, neither is it all useful
"What's one man's pork is another man's job," Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., was quoted by Reuters news service as saying in 2001 after Citizens Against Government Waste named its top congressional "oinkers" for so-called pork-barrel projects.

Outdoor Briefs
Kenai Fjords National Park announces changes in public use cabin program

Give back October
When the Board of Fisheries meets in Anchorage later this month, I hope we get October back.

Bogus tracks scare Fairbanks trail users
FAIRBANKS (AP) — Someone is putting the scare into people walking trails at Creamer's Field in Fairbanks by laying down bogus bear tracks.

Wild things
MOUNT HOOD NATIONAL FOREST, Ore. — Jason Davis knelt in a snow-filled ditch beside a frozen gravel road, the bill of his baseball cap nearly touching four small marks in the snow.

Around the Peninsula
Women's health screenings available Soldotna dog club offers new classes Volunteer training set Community dialogue, potluck planned PSDRA to hold open trail day

Business' bank deposit comes up short
A thief or thieves apparently made off with nearly $11,000 intended to be deposited into a Kalifornsky Beach Road business bank account.

In times of stress don't blame God, seek him
Upon returning from a short vacation, I found so many things to do, I decided to delay checking my phone messages until later; it was a decision I would regret.

Church Briefs
Bible study group begins Matrix to meet Sunday Christian center hosts conference Clothes 2 Go open

Congressman goes from prison to pulpit
EZEL, Ky. — Microphones hang unused next to the pulpit. The Rev. Chris Perkins has no need for them.

Kildown idolizes Street
SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA, Italy — Lindsey Kildow wants to be the next Picabo Street.

Peninsula ski trails survive warm weather
Fast and firm are the terms most frequently used to describe Kenai Peninsula cross-country skiing trails after this week's thaw-and-freeze, but most trails have held up very well despite two days of rain earlier this week.

Singh starts year with tourney lead
KAPALUA, Hawaii — The calendar changed. Vijay Singh didn't.

Skyview boys topple Homer
The Homer Mariners battled back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime, but it was the Skyview High School boys basketball team that prevailed in the extra period, picking up a 65-63 victory Thursday in the opening round of the Subway-SoHi Tipoff Tournament at Soldotna High School.

Johnson deserves justice
Justice is long overdue Jack Johnson. The first black heavyweight champion, the Muhammad Ali of the early 20th century, deserves a posthumous presidential pardon for a racially motivated conviction that sent him to prison for a year.

Henson hospitalized with pneumonia
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State coach Lou Henson was hospitalized Thursday with pneumonia and he won't return to the sideline this weekend in a wheelchair as planned.

NFL playoffs start with rematches
New scouting reports won't be needed much in the first round of the NFL playoffs this weekend.

Grizzlies top Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Bonzi Wells scored 23 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons 101-79 on Thursday night, extending their season-high winning streak to five games.

Georgia Tech welcomes Miami to ACC
ATLANTA — Will Bynum scored 21 points and No. 9 Georgia Tech ruined Miami's Atlantic Coast Conference debut with an 80-69 victory Thursday night.

Sports Briefs
KPHA holds Kris Kringle Tournament Phil Savage hired as Browns GM

Seward girls get revenge on Kardinals
When the Seward and Kenai Central girls basketball teams met in mid-December, the Kardinals picked up a 39-33 victory after the Seahawks were just 3-of-14 from the free-throw line.

Brees nabs Comeback award
SAN DIEGO — When the San Diego Chargers reported to training camp in late July, they were summoned to a players-only meeting by Drew Brees.

Bryant's jersey sales, popularity encounter swoon
PORTLAND, Ore. — Kobe Bryant is no longer a fashion icon.

Manning unanimous choice for All-Pro Team
NEW YORK — Peyton Manning was unstoppable on the field this season, and in the All-Pro voting, too.

NHL cancels meeting with board of governors
NEW YORK — The NHL canceled next week's meeting with its board of governors on Thursday because the league has nothing new to report in the stagnant collective bargaining process.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge staff accomplished quite a bit in 2004
As 2004 fades into history, I reflect on what the year held for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and I also look ahead to 2005 to begin planning what promises to be another challenging and rewarding year.

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