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Friday, January 14, 2005

New steroid policy is still not enough
Baseball players and owners are high-fiving themselves and think they've quieted critics by agreeing to a slightly stronger steroid-testing program.

Players, owners forge new steroid policy
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - With some of its biggest stars under suspicion and lawmakers demanding action, Major League Baseball adopted a tougher steroid-testing program that will suspend first-time offenders for 10 days and randomly test players year-round.

D-Backs add Estes, trade Hillenbrand
NEW YORK — The retooling Arizona Diamondbacks made two more deals Wednesday, finalizing a contract with pitcher Shawn Estes and trading infielder Shea Hillenbrand to Toronto.

Baseball to unveil new steroid policy
NEW YORK — Baseball players and owners have reached an agreement on a tougher steroid-testing program that will include a penalty for first-time offenders, The Associated Press has learned.

Summer sales climb
Consumers appear to have been in a buying mood during the past summer season, according to the latest figures from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Division of Community and Economic Development.

Business Briefs
Chambers announce schedules Date changes for nonprofit workshops Bishop's Attic closed for remodeling Homer chamber looking for recipes Kenai chamber to celebrate 50 years

Winter lake walks carry hazards
JUNEAU - As Liz Quinn of Sheridan, Wyo., got help adding traction to her shoes from her daughter before stepping out on Mendenhall Lake Friday, she said people were swimming in it the last time she visited.

'Sideways' leads award nominees
LOS ANGELES — The road-trip comedy ''Sideways'' led contenders Tuesday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations, including honors for lead performer Paul Giamatti and the ensemble cast.

New 'Battlestar Galactica' series includes old face
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Sci Fi Channel is bringing back ''Battlestar Galactica,'' ABC's campy 1970s space opera, with a boost from original series star Richard Hatch.

New light
Once again, "Rarefied Light" sheds light on what's new with Alaska photographers.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

From the bookshelf: Miner's biography a rare treasure
In 1926, Yupik prospector Walter Smith found something unexpected in his gold pan near Goodnews Bay. It was odd and didn't glitter, but he sensed its value. The strange nuggets turned out to be platinum, one of the few metals on Earth worth even more than gold.

Book examines art of intuition
NEW YORK — Malcolm Gladwell, whose best seller ''The Tipping Point'' explored how minor events can lead to momentous changes, got the idea for his next project simply by letting his hair grow long.

CBS fires executives over Guard story flap
NEW YORK — Four CBS News staffers were fired Monday following the release of an independent investigation that said a ''myopic zeal'' led to a ''60 Minutes Wednesday'' story about President Bush's military service that relied on allegedly forged documents.

Reader predicted Agrium's closure
I am surprised that so many borough officials did not realize that Agrium was really going to close. The evidence has been available for years. About three years ago, I even predicted it on these letter pages.

Advice for the fish board
The Alaska Board of Fish (BOF) will meet soon regarding the Upper Cook Inlet management area. This every-third-year event will gather fishers of many kinds, managers, lawyers and scientists, all of whom will advise the seven members of the board regarding proposed changes to fisheries management. From this large gathering, conflicting advice will be heaped on 14 ears in rapid redundancy. I know that because I've attended numerous such meetings in the past 25 years.

No matter what the opinion, voice it at fish board hearing
Today and Saturday is your chance to voice your concerns about the management of Alaska's salmon resources here on the Kenai.

Members put fish program, schools, roads, service area projects at top
Now that the 24th Legislature is kicking into high gear, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is putting the finishing touches on its list of priority projects that it hopes lawmakers will fund in 2005.

Roads director: Path clear for EIS
Gary Davis, roads director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, said the next step in the North Road expansion project is to do an environmental impact study, which could cost between $1 million and $2 million.

Photo features: Mother Nature's breath
Fog rises above spruce trees along the banks of the Kenai River earlier this week. Forecasters are calling for cloudier skies, meaning temperatures will start to rise.

Ice jams up Kenai River
It's finally been cold enough to freeze the most popular river in the northern hemisphere and nearly bring it to a halt. Though it's slowing down and freezing, the Kenai River is still dangerously active.

Kenai chamber to mark 50 years
Sue Carter remembers when astronaut Jerry Ross was scheduled to speak at the Kenai Chamber of Awards in the 1980s. Days before the ceremony, the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded, causing the speaker to cancel.

Hearings start Friday
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will hold a public hearing in Soldotna on Friday and Saturday to gather information and public comments concerning proposals and issues to be addressed by the board at its Upper Cook Inlet Finfish regulatory meeting Monday through Jan. 29 in Anchorage.

Power on for most Kaktovik homes
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Electricity was restored Wednesday to most homes in Kaktovik after the Alaska Air National Guard delivered technicians and equipment to the village, thrown into a deep freeze four days ago when it lost power in a blizzard.

Bernard 'Bernie' Main
Former Soldotna resident Bernard "Bernie" Main died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at his home in Alberton, Mont. He was 68.

Tsunamis raise questions about why, why not
The deepest ethical, philosophical and theological questions are raised by the tsunami disaster in south Asia and the wonderful outpouring of global solidarity in response to it. How, ask many Christian and other religious believers and those who are skeptical of such faith, can a good and omniscient God have allowed it to happen?

Fish board hearing a great opportunity to express opinions
Anyone who cares about area fisheries has an excellent opportunity to speak out today and Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center conference room. The Alaska Board of Fisheries is holding a public hearing beginning at 1:30 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. Saturday to gather information and comments on proposals to be addressed by the board at its upper Cook Inlet finfish regulatory meeting, which begins Monday and runs through Jan. 29.

Colorado man on quest to build a better sled
SILVERTON, Colo. - Brice Hoskin is banking on nostalgic memories of winters past to help sell his hand-crafted sleds.

Around the Peninsula
Swim club resumes practice Teen dance scheduled Developmental screening offered Aquaculture board meeting Saturday Pioneer officers to be installed Nutrition classes slated Contracts, fees top discussion list for Parks Fish fry planned in Sterling Hazard trees presentation slated

Around the Peninsula
Women's health screenings availableBoard of Fisheries public hearing setBridges to meetFish fry planned in SterlingHazard trees presentation slated

Muslim leader's outreach mission returned in offers of help
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - It's about 20 minutes into a Friday afternoon prayer service and Rasul Seifullah, the leader of Springfield's small community of Sunni Muslims, is putting some passion in his sermon.

Fishin' for humanity: A mall miracle for grandma
"You shop and I'll go fishing," I told Pauline, as we entered her favorite department store at the mall.

Church Briefs
Bible study group sets meetingsChristian center hosts conferenceClothes 2 Go openBible study group begins'Heavens Gates' production slated

Religious leaders appeal to Bush to lead in Mideast peace process
WASHINGTON - Leaders of Jewish, Christian and Muslim groups urged President Bush on Thursday to discuss a renewed role by the United States in Mideast peace initiatives.

Kenai Peninsula Cross-Country Ski Trails
Tsalteshi Trails - Located behind Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parking lot and on Kalifornsky Beach Road just across from the Soldotna Sports Center. Difficulty - Trails for all levels.

Snow just what the groomers ordered
Thursday's dusting of snow and slightly warmer temperatures were just what peninsula cross-country ski trail groomer were asking for as conditions were becoming a little icy early in the week.

Kenny Lake skaters top Nikiski
The Nikiski High School hockey team dropped a Greatland Conference game by a score of 9-1 Thursday at Jason Peterson Memorial Rink in Nikiski.

Jayson Williams begins comeback attempt
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Hoping to return to the NBA, Jayson Williams began his comeback bid Wednesday night.

Cook Inlet topples Skyview
Cook Inlet Academy's "13 hot" zone defense was too hot for the Skyview boys to handle Thursday at the 16th annual Nikiski Tipoff Tournament.

Manning vs. Patriots looms large in playoffs
Is there any NFL playoff game this weekend other than the one in New England?

Roethlisberger isn't ready for Steelers' ride to end just yet
PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger glances quickly from his left to his right, looking for a defender who might break at the last second and disrupt his pass. With no one in sight, he throws a perfect line-drive into his receiver's chest.

Moss fined $10,000
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Randy Moss trudged out to his truck in the subzero cold, with a huge, black hooded sweat shirt covering almost his entire face. All that was showing was a carefree smile.

Bulldogs girls, boys net wins
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team came up with a win to open the 16th annual Nikiski Tipoff Tournament, defeating South Anchorage 51-43 Thursday.

Southern California chooses Floyd
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tim Floyd is being hired as Southern California basketball coach, taking the job Rick Majerus accepted then abruptly quit last month.

Sports Briefs
Ten Star hoops camp taking applications Winter Games basketball tourney scheduled KPHA PeeWee B goes 1-3-1 in weekend set Short-course swim meet slated for Feb. 18-19

Duke tops North Carolina State to stay perfect
RALEIGH, N.C. - Shelden Williams scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help No. 5 Duke beat North Carolina State 86-74 on Thursday night.

Head, Brown lead top-ranked Illini to win
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Luther Head and Dee Brown each made five 3-pointers to lead No. 1 Illinois to a 90-64 victory over Penn State on Wednesday night.

Kwan, Goebel triumph in short programs
PORTLAND, Ore. - After all these years, there's still no one who does it better than Michelle Kwan.

Dakar: Adventure can be deadly
DAKAR, Senegal — The race has lured drivers for a quarter century, a bone-jarring adventure through the Sahara's baking heat in one of the sport's most harrowing competitions on the planet.

Wie struggles with best at Sony Open
HONOLULU - After scrambling to salvage a 5-over 75, Michelle Wie plopped down in a chair and playfully stuck out her bottom lip as if she had just been scolded.

Indianapolis should top Pats
For a team that's lost five straight times to its upcoming opponent, the Indianapolis Colts are getting a lot of respect.

Rockets ripple Nets in overtime
HOUSTON - Bob Sura scored a career-high 35 points, including a game-clinching 3-pointer with 1:02 left in overtime, to lead the surging Houston Rockets to a 94-85 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Thursday night.

Ninilchik hoops sweeps Anderson
The Ninilchik High School boys and girls basketball teams posted big wins over the visiting Anderson Grizzlies Thursday in Ninilchik. The Ninilchik girls won 79-9 and the Ninilchik boys posted a 71-27 win.

Wolves, controversy thrive a decade later
BILLINGS, Mont. - It was a frigid January day when the doors to the small crates finally opened, and the first gray wolf bolted into the wilds of Idaho. The event was cheered by environmentalists, who had wondered if they would ever see wolves reintroduced in the Northern Rockies, and decried by ranchers and others who had hoped to keep it from ever happening.

So, where do all those bugs hide out all winter long?
As you enjoy the warmth of your home this January and the apparent absence of mosquitoes, have you ever wondered what the bugs are up to or how they are getting along out there in the cold? They lack the ability to make warm shelter as we do and they are much too small to generate much heat and hold it in as birds and mammals do. Insects and other cold-blooded, minute animals make it through the long, cold winter in either of two ways: avoidance of cold or physiological adaptations to cope with the cold.

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