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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Little ones help kick off big race
It's race weekend — Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, that is — as should be obvious by the preponderance of dog trucks that have converged on the central Kenai Peninsula over the past few days.

Kenai KFC's closure due to declining sales
Kentucky Fried Chicken closed its doors earlier this month because of declining business sales, said property and franchise owner Kurban Kurani.

Plant shutdowns may hurt spur line
The threat of industry leaving the Kenai Peninsula puts more at stake than just jobs.

Fish board nets mixed review
As two weeks of discussions on upper Cook Inlet sport, commercial and personal-use fisheries came to a close Saturday in Anchorage, reviews decidedly were mixed among meeting participants from the Kenai Peninsula.

Voices of the Clarion: Moose days numbered?
Some time ago, I used this same space to speak out against an Outside environmental group's effort to halt a state program to boost moose populations by killing wolves from the air.

Community School change will create stronger partnership
Like it or not, life is about change. Few people, however, eagerly embrace change because it takes us out of our comfort zone.

2 go to hospital after ulu attack
A 52-year-old Anchorage man was attacked by a man wielding an ulu in a Kenai apartment Thursday evening.

Around the Peninsula
Beekeepers meeting set Public comment sought Wallyball tourney slated Wine, auction fund-raiser set Gardeners conference set

Quake shakes up Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An earthquake rated at a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 shook Southcentral Alaska on Saturday.

Bank on it
Local dignitaries were caught making questionable land deals. Well-known businessmen bought their way out of the pokey. The borough mayor went "almost broke" after a real estate deal went sour.

Airline throws bone to fliers' best friends
MILWAUKEE — Midwest Airlines is turning to dogs and cats in hopes of wooing more consumers.

My best friend
Cedar and Oro belong to Ryan Lawrence and Leslie Droubay Lawrence of Kenai. Cedar will be 6 months old in February and Oro is 2 1/2. Their favorite winter activity is running on the beach and taking an occasional swim in the bay.

Learning new tricks from old beagles
Perhaps people can learn some new tricks from old dogs in warding off the mental decline that comes with aging.

Miller is golden in super-G as worlds begin
BORMIO, Italy — Bode Miller was flying off the course and realized he had two choices — slam on the breaks and make the next turn, or keep going in the same direction for what would have been his ninth unfinished race in his last 14 events.

Kenai boys, SoHi girls tops at Homer Invite
Recent warm days and brief episodes of rain turned the usually well-manicured McNeil Canyon cross-country ski trails into a crunchy, ice-covered glaze for the Homer Invitational Saturday. After a few adjustments to the starting line and a lot of patient grooming, compliant ski conditions prevailed and skiers hit the trails.

Peninsula trio grabs NLC titles
Defending State Champion Wasilla dominated the Northern Lights Conference Wrestling Championships in Homer this weekend, but a trio of peninsula wrestlers showed not all warriors hail from the Mat-Su Valley.

Nikiski's Herrin scores 33 in win
Nikiski's Sarah Herrin scored 33 points, setting the Nikiski High School girls basketball single-game scoring record as the Bulldogs defeated Homer 66-51 in a nonconference game at Nikiski.

Ogilvie maintains two-stroke lead at Hope Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Ogilvie turned in a steady if unspectacular round Saturday, shooting a 3-under 69 that kept him ahead of the pack at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Season Outlook: Battle: Peninsula's small schools jump into tough basketball season
The Kenai Peninsula small schools basketball season is under way once again with peninsula schools coming off another strong showing during the 2003-04 season as several teams made state tournament appearances.

Eagles soar at Warrior Rumble
The Cook Inlet Academy Eagles swept the Warrior Rumble basketball tournament Saturday, knocking off the host Nikolaevsk Warriors boys and girls in the championship games.

Recent power shifts in tennis promise renewed popularity
Insomniacs and tennis junkies aren't the only ones staying up in the middle of the night to watch the Australian Open.

Kardinals spoil Panthers' night
Senior night didn't mean much to the Skyview Panthers with no seniors on their roster, but the Kenai Kardinals spoiled Skyview's last regular-season hockey game. Kenai stole the show early and coasted to a 11-1 victory against the Panthers Friday night, at the Soldotna Sportscenter.

Illini remain unbeaten with win over Minnesota
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Roger Powell Jr. scored 21 points and Deron Williams added 18, leading top-ranked Illinois to an 89-66 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

Serena reigns Down Under
She showed 'em. Down a set and facing a break, her back hurting and her serve misfiring, Serena Williams dug deep to beat top-ranked Lindsay Davenport 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday's Australian Open final, ending an 18-month Grand Slam title drought.

Francis leads Magic past Washington
WASHINGTON — Steve Francis scored 32 points, and the Washington Wizards missed crucial free throws down the stretch, giving the Orlando Magic a 103-97 victory Saturday night and a sweep of back-to-back games between the Southeast Division contenders.

Ravens' Fuller acquitted in gambling case
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller was acquitted Saturday of all three gambling and gun charges after being accused of running high-stakes card games at his house.

Frye MVP of North's Senior Bowl win
MOBILE, Ala. — Charlie Frye made the most of the opportunity when he finally got a chance to play in the postseason.

Sports views: Hollywood tries to turn women's boxing into something it isn't
Hollywood can make you laugh, make you cry, make you think. For two hours or so, in the back of a darkened theater, it can almost make you believe.

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