Friday, January 28, 2005

Delgado finalizes deal; Ordonez makes offer to Tigers
NEW YORK — Carlos Delgado is taking his anti-war protest to Florida.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Government contracting workshops planned KEDS to hold public hearing Nikiski chamber awards to be held CPHC elects new officers Homer chamber awards mixer set

Caffeine keeps business humming
While many retail businesses close down for the winter, there are some that keep humming all year.

Kasilof musher to take on T-200
With just hours left until the start of the 21st running of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, mushers are busy making final preparations for the big event.

Board levels Dolly, trout regs
One of the main gripes of Kenai River anglers has historically been that regulations are too complex. On Thursday, the Alaska Board of Fisheries attempted to ease those concerns by streamlining rules for rainbow trout and Dolly Varden.

Ice fishing has small but dedicated following
JUNEAU — Carson Kent is one of those people who won't let anything stop him from fishing.

Coyote hunting challenging, controversial
BOISE, Idaho — Rick Gipson blows a siren-like wail on his howler call to wake the dawn on a cold winter day in the Owyhee Desert. His call is greeted by a crazy chorus of yips, barks and howls.

Safari Club ready for show
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Safari Club International opens its 33rd annual hunting convention in Reno Wednesday, a four-day event that promises to be the city's biggest trade show of the year.

Born to bead
FAIRBANKS — Ann Goessel looks at her glass beads as rich paints and the felt or moose hide she sews them on as her canvas.

From the bookshelf: Disabled man's life told with love, candor
Many Alaska homesteaders have been profiled in print, but "Onward, Crispy Shoulders!" stands apart. This humble little book chronicles the life of Jim Haakenson as told by his sister, Mary Haakenson Perry. Jim had Down syndrome but, with the aid of his loving family and supportive small town, led a happy and, by any but the most cynical standards, successful life.

What's Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

'Aviator' up against 'Baby' at Oscars
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif — Martin Scorsese may finally be positioned for Academy Awards glory, but his Howard Hughes epic ''The Aviator'' will have to duke it out with Clint Eastwood's boxing drama.

Art Briefs
Talent show seeking acts Quilting entries wanted Made in Alaska workshop scheduled Students invited to enter contest Writers conference slatedSummer arts camp takes registrations

Anti-military comments anger recruiter's wife
Just lately I was talking to a lady in town about her son joining the Army National Guard. My husband is a recruiter, and I was telling her of the benefits. Her reply was she was anti-military — anything military.

Homeowner upset over break-in seeks return of items
Just recently my home, which I value very much, was broken into and in the process irreplaceable items were stolen.

Program readies to turn the page
Change can make people nervous, especially when there's funding involved.

Hearing ends in Forster case; ruling expected by mid-April
A Kenai court hearing to determine whether evidence in the David Forster murder trial should be suppressed, concluded Wednesday afternoon and a ruling on the admissibility is expected to be made by mid-April.

Counterfeit bills found in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) — Merchants are being warned to examine closely any big bills they receive because counterfeit money is circulating in Fairbanks.

Help is on the way
It's been said that planning for the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race begins the day after the previous year's race because of the amount of work involved.

Carnival theme easy to read
On Saturday, area families can get their "read on" and shake off the winter blues at the third annual Peninsula Reading Carnival at Soldotna Middle School.

Fish board makes changes
Depending on who you asked Wednesday evening, changes passed by the Alaska Board of Fisheries in Anchorage on Cook Inlet management plans were either a step in the right direction or a stumble backward.

Chamber set for banquet
Judene Van Cleave said the most impressive thing about Nikiski is its true community feel.

Michelle Odom Maheras
Soldotna resident Michelle Odom Maheras died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at her home. She was 42.

Ron Gibbens
Longtime Sterling resident Ron Gibbens, better known as the "Bald Eagle," died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at his home. He was 65.

Yukiko O. 'Miko' Rosko
Kenai resident Yukiko O. "Miko" Rosko died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, in Kenai. She was 69.

A lot at stake in elections
WASHINGTON — President Bush will be on the ballot, at least in the realm of public opinion, when Iraq holds its first democratic election in nearly half a century.

Legislators should increase funding for education now
There's little doubt that the high price of oil will give legislators some breathing room as they craft a spending plan for the state this session.

Border-crossing illegals easily could be terrorists
Alaska's vulnerability to terrorism in these tumultuous times was underscored earlier this month when a state trooper during a routine traffic stop just outside Anchorage discovered five Mexicans illegally in the United States.

Tree-ring dates for the Victor Holm cabins
Have you ever noticed the low stature of most of the old homestead cabins around the Kenai Peninsula? One might think that our local pioneers of the last century were a bit sawed off and short, but even a big man like trapper Andrew Berg (at 6 feet 2 inches) built short-walled cabins and didn't seem to mind a low ceiling.

Outfitter to file for bankruptcy
PHOENIX (AP) — Popular Outdoor Outfitters, a chain of camping and outdoor gear retail stores, will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, company officials said.

Snow berm blocks police chief's view, collision follows
The Soldotna police chief was involved in a two-vehicle accident on the Kenai Spur Highway near Knight Drive on Monday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Around the Peninsula
Quilt exhibit scheduledRefuge plans winter fun dayBLM to hold public meetings

Around the Peninsula
Hazard trees presentation slated KPBA schedule meeting Healing Touch classes available Rodeo association to meet Indoor soccer leagues forming

Church briefs
Bible study group to meetClothes 2 Go openClothing availableQuartet to singChurch production slated

Jews protest plans to alter penal code
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia's Jewish community is protesting a proposal to remove a law punishing Holocaust denial from the country's penal code.

Marriage Quest offers first aid for couples
When I was in high school, the honor roll students were taken to St. Louis to visit St. Luke's Hospital.

Evangelicals show they're not in political lockstep
As George W. Bush began his second term, his words and actions seemed to reinforce the image of a president whose straightforward piety helped him win re-election and earned him lockstep loyalty from white evangelicals.

New 'EX' signs go up on steep Colorado ski runs
VAIL, Colo. (AP) — Some of Colorado's toughest ski runs now bear a new warning sign, twin black diamonds with an ''E'' and an ''X'' inside them to designate extreme terrain.

Minnesota man reaches new heights on ski slope
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Twenty-seven years have passed since Joe Peplinski was in an accident so ugly that it nearly killed him. A high school senior in Winona at the time, Peplinski had been riding on a motorcycle with a friend when they were struck by a car.

Terrapins take down Duke
DURHAM, N.C. — Maryland coach Gary Williams brought in a few experts before facing second-ranked Duke.

Is there a doctor in the house who will tell T.O. 'No?'
And so while it was uplifting to hear Terrell Owens say, ''Spiritually, God is healing me and I'm way ahead of where a lot of people expect me to be,'' it's a good thing he bothered to get a second opinion. Even if it wasn't the one he wanted, it was the one Owens needed.

Juneau switches football conferences
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team is changing conferences.

Brady uneasy with comparisons to idol Montana
FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady played in his driveway 20 miles south of San Francisco and pretended to be Joe Montana. He even tried to spot the 49ers' quarterback at Super Bowl victory parades.

Waldorf in crowd atop Hope Classic leaderboard
LA QUINTA, Calif. — Duffy Waldorf rolled in eight birdie putts, didn't make a bogey and still had lots of company atop the leaderboard.

Karl thankful to be back in NBA
DENVER — George Karl had been involved with basketball since the seventh grade, so not having it in his life for nearly two years left him feeling empty.

Williams beats Sharapova
MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams finally beat Maria Sharapova in a big match, saving three match points and defeating the Wimbledon champion 2-6, 7-5, 8-6 Thursday in the Australian Open semifinals.

Pistons handle Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS — Chauncey Billups scored 20 points and Tayshaun Prince had 16 points and seven rebounds as the Detroit Pistons used a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Indiana Pacers 88-76 Thursday night.

Stars defeat Panthers 4-1
The Soldotna High School hockey team skated to a 4-1 win over Skyview in a North Star Conference game at the Soldotna Sports Center Thursday.

When money is no object, leagues have to find penalties that pay
Imagine being fined $5,000 or $10,000 for misbehaving at work.

Sports Briefs
Lewis sentenced to four months in prison

Hawaii's runners go strong year-round
HONOLULU — Barring hard-core endorphin junkies, most runners stash their shoes beside their tank tops and flip-flops when winter comes calling, or they're confined to a gym, logging monotonous miles on treadmills and elliptical machines.

Mellowed Spielman prepares for coaching
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Chris Spielman was known for his ferocity during an 11-year NFL career. As an All-American at Ohio State, he said his goal was to see a ball carrier's eyes roll back in his head.

Safin ends Federer's win streak
MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer was on his hands and knees, his racket gone after he tumbled chasing a shot.

LeBron nets 27 on injured ankle
CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 27 points with a career-high 15 assists and nine rebounds, finishing in pain on a sprained left ankle to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-111 victory Wednesday night over the shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies.

Players, owners still not on same page
NEW YORK — The NHL and the players' association remained far apart after five hours of talks Thursday night and had no plans to meet again.

Georgia Tech beats Wake Forest in OT
ATLANTA — Jarrett Jack hit two free throws with 4.4 seconds left and Chris Paul missed a shot at the buzzer as No. 22 Georgia Tech ended a three-game losing streak with a 102-101 overtime victory over No. 5 Wake Forest on Thursday night.

Patience trumps panic
Keep in mind that coach Scott Skiles gets paid a lot to make sure the glass always looks half-full. Anybody else who says they saw the Chicago Bulls in the playoff hunt midway through this season is either lying or had better have a doctor's note explaining they've been in a coma.

Hendrick looking forward to new season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There are no easy days for Rick Hendrick. He can throw himself into working with his NASCAR teams or his car dealerships, but not an hour goes by that he isn't flooded with thoughts about the plane crash that killed 10 of his relatives, employees and friends.

Ogilvie leads Bob Hope Classic by three strokes
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Ogilvie shot a 9-under 63 on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead over defending champion Phil Mickelson and Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson after the second round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic

Research: Hydrogen fuels Yellowstone microbes
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Researchers in Colorado say they have found what fuels microbial dwellers of hot springs in Yellowstone National Park — and it isn't what the rotten-egg smell of the heated pools might suggest.

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