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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Clemens to return
NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Clemens put off retirement to pitch for the Houston Astros again, and the Texas Rangers tried to bring Carlos Delgado to the Lone Star State.

Forster hearing set to resume
An evidentiary hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Kenai Superior Court in the David Forster trial.

KFC flies the coop
It appears as if Kenai restaurant-goers have one less choice when deciding where to eat out, following the closure of the city's KFC franchise on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Lawmaker wants automated voter calling hung up
Among the more annoying manifestations of recent political campaigns were those tiresome and often inconvenient phone calls urging support for one candidate or another or espousing a point of view.

Honorable discharge?
Patrick Norman, chief of the Port Graham village on the southern Kenai Peninsula, said in recent years there have been times where people in his village catch a salmon with lesions or other deformities on them. The fish would be brought to the village for everybody to see, he said.

Bobby Joe McCown
Longtime Soldotna resident Bobby Joe McCown died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, in Soldotna after a year-long illness. He was 72.

Anna Ruth (Sweet) Tachick
Soldotna resident Anna Ruth (Sweet) Tachick died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 93.

Margaret Louise Cartee
Longtime Kenai resident Margaret Louise Cartee died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 92.

Voices of the Clarion: Tune 'em out, turn 'em off
Network TV was an incredibly cool experiment that has gone horribly wrong for the time being.

Public's business can't be conducted with secret reports
Lawmakers who haven't decided whether they will sign a confidentiality agreement to keep secret a consultant's report that measures Alaska's competitiveness in the world oil and gas market need to consider who it is they work for — and then refuse to sign.

Around the Peninsula
Spaghetti dinner slated in Old Town First aid for dogs to be discussed Healing Touch classes available Reading carnival planned Youth basketball tourney set Ferry service highlights agenda Writers club to host dinner

Everything to lose
Lori Mason doesn't feel much like her old self these days, with good reason — she's a mere fraction of the person she was three years ago.

Destructive dog does good saving owner
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In the three years since Mark Anderson answered a newspaper advertisement for a free puppy that needed a good home, the female black Labrador has chewed through a couch, a window sill, two cell phones and two carpets.

Dieting? Try the buddy system
LAS VEGAS — People looking for a way to lose weight may want to trade in pills for a pooch.

My best friend
Teea McBride of Kenai says her 2-year-old retriever-husky mix named Fonzie is as friendly as a best friend could be. His nickname is Big Red and he loves to meet new people when he goes places with McBride.

Wasilla skaters top SoHi
Wasilla's Track Palin burned Soldotna for a short-handed goal in the third period as the Stars dropped a North Star Conference hockey game 4-3 Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Two title games, one state — Pennsylvania's frenzy
PITTSBURGH — In Pennsylvania, either you're an Eagles fan or a Steelers fan — not both. This year, however, the road to the Super Bowl in Jacksonville runs along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Ailing Henson hangs up whistle
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Frail but smiling, New Mexico State coach Lou Henson pulled himself up from his wheelchair, his focus no longer on winning basketball games, but merely to walk again.

Woods catches Lehman
SAN DIEGO — More fog delays allowed the leaders to play no more than five holes Saturday in the Buick Invitational. Tiger Woods didn't even need that long to make up a three-shot deficit on Tom Lehman.

Bulldogs drop two hockey tilts
The Nikiski hockey team lost a pair of games at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink Friday and Saturday.

Agassi moves into quarters against Federer
MELBOURNE, Australia — Andre Agassi overcame a record number of aces from Joachim Johannson on Sunday and set up an Australian Open quarterfinal against defending champion and top-ranked Roger Federer.

Soldotna sweeps Skyview
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team established an early lead against Skyview Friday, then withstood a furious Panthers rally for a 53-52 Northern Lights Conference victory in a game played at Skyview.

Tsalteshi Trails host Besh Cup ski meet
Soldotna High School's Katy Pankoski led all peninsula finishers with a fourth-place finish in the Junior 1-Older Junior race at Besh Cup races at Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna Saturday.

Wilkens resigns as Knicks coach
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Lenny Wilkens finally had enough.

Nikiski girls edge Kenai
The Kenai Central girls basketball team found its game in Kotzebue. The Kenai Central boys found their game somewhere between Kotzebue and Kenai.

Sports Briefs
Mayweather stops Bruseles in eight rounds

Panthers warm up for conference meet
In what was supposed to be an eight-team dual wrestling meet at Skyview, only four teams showed up, but the Panthers still got in some valued work heading into next week's Northern Lights Conference Tournament.

Magic get over missing Hill against 76ers
ORLANDO, Fla. — Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 points, Dwight Howard added 21 and the short-handed Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 115-111 on Saturday night.

Ninilchik girls win Cordova tourney
The Ninilchik Wolverines girls defeated Cordova 53-23 in the championship game of Cordova's tournament in Cordova Saturday.

Villanova ruins undefeated season of Kansas
PHILADELPHIA — Undefeated Kansas never stood a chance once Allen Ray, Curtis Sumpter and the rest of the spirited Villanova Wildcats got rolling.

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