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Saturday, January 29, 2005

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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