Sunday, January 16, 2005

Lawmakers give Murkowski plan mixed reviews
Gov. Frank Murkowski's State of the State address Wednesday drew generally favorable comments from the Kenai Peninsula's legislative delegation, but they also indicated they'll have to be convinced before backing at least some of the governor's proposals.

Wildwood: Confined space, but plenty of it
Depending on the activity of area law enforcement officers, the Wildwood Correctional Center in North Kenai has plenty of room for inmates right now, according to the facility's superintendent.

Fishing for answers
The Alaska Board of Fisheries public hearing held this past Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center provided area residents the opportunity to speak out about the often controversial topic of managing the fishery resources of the state.

V.R. 'Bob' Mulcahy
Sterling resident V.R. "Bob" Mulcahy died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 75.

James Dean Pruett
Longtime Soldotna resident James Dean Pruett died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at his home. He was 60.

Henry Rudolph 'Bud' Galle
Henry Rudolph "Bud" Galle died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, with his family by his side. He was 89.

Resolve to get fiscally fit
After pounding down an atypical number of chocolates and a delightful array of favorite Christmas cookies, January often is a time for resolving to become more physically fit.

Dr. King's dream still vision for U.S.
"Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

Stewart, Hammett wed in Mexico
Laura Candice Stewart and Adam Joseph Hammett were married Saturday, Nov. 19, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony in Cozumel, Mexico.

Common focus
More often than not, visual artists are seen as loners, traipsing off all by themselves to some remote location to study nature and capture images that are then brought back to a lonely studio where works of art are created.

Campbell, Shoemaker plan Sterling ceremony
Jamianne Campbell and Jerad Shoemaker announce their plans to be married Saturday, June 25, 2005, at Bridal Point in Sterling.

Around the Peninsula
Quilters sew for children Public health plans one-day closure 4-H rally day planned Autism workshop scheduled T-200 seeking youth riders Healing Touch classes available Wine event offers appetizing evening Writers club to host dinner

My best friend
Baby Leya, a 9-year-old pug, is owned by Russell and Lendie Buchanan of Funny River.

Lucky catch made loose dog's day
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Gary Gallien is a house painter. But earlier this week he became a dog catcher — literally.

Snow cat
A cat bats around a chunk of snow while prowling around homes Monday in Kalispell, Mont. According to an owner of a nearby home, the cat was left abandoned when a family moved, but some neighbors adopted the cat and share feeding and caring for the feline.

Finding Fido takes forethought
Escape, theft, loss in an emergency — any number of unexpected situations can result in separation from a cherished pet.

Maruyama finishes wild round in same spot
HONOLULU — Shigeki Maruyama started with a double bogey, recovered with a hole-in-one and finished in the same place he started — with a one-shot lead Saturday in the Sony Open.

Nikiski girls topple Skyview at Tipoff
The Nikiski girls defeated Skyview 52-39 Friday in the 16th annual Nikiski Tipoff Tournament.

Steelers escape vs. Jets
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers' greatest season since the 1970s was all but lost, Ben Roethlisberger's unbeaten rookie streak seemed to be over. Then Doug Brien missed the biggest kick he'll likely ever try.

Hawks skate past Nikiski
With eight freshmen on this year's varsity team, including five that start, the Nikiski hockey team is measuring success by how much it matures and learns this season.

Homer girls, Soldotna boys win close ones
The Soldotna High School basketball teams visited Homer Saturday and came home with a split in Northern Lights Conference play.

CIA boys make off with title
The Lathrop girls took home the first-place trophy Saturday after the 16th annual Nikiski Tipoff Tournament came to an end at Nikiski.

Stars top Thunderbirds
The Soldotna High School hockey team just plain outworked the visiting East High Thunderbirds Friday night, posting a 6-4 nonconference victory at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Wizards stay hot
WASHINGTON — Not even the top team in the Western Conference can stop the streaking Washington Wizards.

Kenai Central boys, Soldotna girls taste victory at Klassic
The Kenai Central High School boys cross-country ski team pulled together to claim three of the top five individual places at the Kardinal Klassic ski meet at the Kenai Nordic Trails Saturday, winning the team title.

Badgers top UAA
Joudrey collected his seventh point in his last four games after gathering a pass from linemate Ryan MacMurchy and finding a small gap between Seawolves goaltender Nathan Lawson's right leg pad and the post.

Illinois, Kansas keep undefeated records
EVANSTON, Ill. — Luther Head scored a season-high 26 points and No. 1 Illinois beat Northwestern 78-66 on Saturday to improve to 18-0 — the best start in school history.

Kwan makes history
PORTLAND, Ore. — Michelle Kwan held up nine fingers and grinned at the camera. She has her place in history, a run as impressive for its longevity as its dominance.

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