Saturday, January 15, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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