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Sunday, February 1, 2004

NASCAR drivers making waves in Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR stars Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. combined with sports car ace Andy Wallace to hold the lead in a heavy rain nearing the halfway point in the Rolex 24 endurance race.

Soldotna man attempts to get officer's weapon
Just five weeks after a Kenai police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty, a man allegedly attempted to take a Soldotna police officer's weapon early Friday morning after being arrested for driving under the influence.

Fire destroys garage, damages home
A garage was destroyed and a house badly damaged by fire at about 6 p.m. Friday.

Private sector joins gas line pursuit
Voter approval of a ballot initiative in 2002 may have provided the spark that has since led private-sector developers to propose their own multibillion-dollar schemes to pipe gas across Alaska and Canada to the Lower 48, Sen. Tom Wagoner speculated Friday.

T-200 off and running
Bedlam: A word that barely captures the wild and mad uproar that was the start of this year's Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race in Kasilof.

Novis Luther Eady
Longtime North Kenai resident Novis Luther Eady, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at his residence in Eva, Ala. He was 67.

Rivals working to slow Kerry
WASHINGTON John Kerry will be hard to beat in Tuesday's elections, but other Democratic presidential hopefuls can curb his momentum if they play to their strengths and his weaknesses in the right places.

Finding cure for Cabin Fever
Here we go again. That's right folks, it's February, the longest 28 days of the year. Or 29 days, if we're unfortunate enough to be experiencing a leap year which, as luck would have it, we are.

Weekend events good reminder of winter joys
The mushers and their teams of dogs are the stars of the blitz of activity on the Kenai Peninsula this weekend, but it's the hard work of hundreds of volunteers that are making it possible.

Love for Alaska will be uniting, driving force of conference
If the Kenai Peninsula delegates participating in Gov. Frank Murkowski's Conference of Alaskans later this month are any indication, residents have good reason to hope for the future.

Snowshoeing offers quiet, solitude in backcountry
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. Snow brings stillness to the Yosemite backcountry.

Plenty of planets to see in February
In the early evening, even during dusk, look for ultra-bright Venus in the southwest. As evening advances, find Orion in the southeast with Sirius, the brightest star, to its lower left, Procyon and Castor and Pollux to its upper left, Taurus with reddish Aldebaran and the star cluster Pleiades above it, as well as Capella in its pentagon of Auriga almost overhead.

Guests enjoy old, new at revamped hotel
SAN DIEGO Afternoon sun washes over the grassy expanse of Windsor lawn, across a terrace of tables and chairs and in through the open doors of the Babcock & Story Bar. It practically guides a visitor to a stool at the rich mahogany bar.

Morgan, Haas plan May wedding
Kimberly Morgan and Curtis Haas of Soldotna plan to be married Friday, May 14, 2004, in Las Vegas.

Around the Peninsula
'Souper Bowl' day of caring todayHistorical society to meetMass choir festival plannedSoHi parents of juniors to meetDrivers safety course offeredMaster gardeners to discuss water gardensNikiski talent show seeking entrantsSoHi selling discount cards

Mason, Panamaroff announce engagement
Kelly Mason and Jon Panamaroff have announced their plans to be married Saturday, May 1, 2004, in Spokane, Wash.

Kidnapping mystery haunts family nearly 100 years later
KINSTON, N.C. When Bobby Dunbar vanished into the coffee-colored Louisiana swamps nine decades ago, the search was unrelenting.

Man's family donates organs
When Jim Welborn's kidneys failed in 1985, his brother Mark came to the rescue by donating a kidney for transplant. Last year, Welborn's kidneys began to fail for the second time. This time 18 years later Mark's wife, Cheri Welborn, stepped up to the plate.

My best friend
Sarah Newberry of Soldotna sleeps on Rose. Sarah, now 6, was 3 when this picture was taken. Rose is 30.

Nikiski shelter uses technology to assist in adopting animals
Homeless pets taken in by Alaska's Extended-Life Animal Sanctuary in Nikiski now have a greater chance of being adopted.

Training makes shelter dogs more adoptable
GARDINER, N.Y. Kes trotted trimly at heel, greeted strangers and always maintained a gentle manner until one day when she spotted another dog during a walk and went berserk.

Anthony's clutch play makes Mavericks lose track of Nuggets
DALLAS Carmelo Anthony hit a go-ahead jumper with 2:22 left, then added four straight free throws in the closing seconds to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-102 Saturday after trailing by 20 points in the third quarter.

Kenai freshmen torment Skyview
The Kenai Central hockey team honored its seniors before Friday night's game at the Soldotna Sports Center, but the North Star Conference game against Skyview featured the Kardinals' freshmen in a starring role.

Rodriguez, Tigers aim to finalize deal soon
NEW YORK (AP) The Detroit Tigers and Ivan Rodriguez moved closer to finalizing their $40 million, four-year contract, and the deal could be announced Monday afternoon.

DiMarco, Kaye share lead
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. On a day when nearly everyone made a charge, Chris DiMarco had one of the best.

Elway, Sanders elected to Hall of Fame
HOUSTON (AP) The stirring comeback and spectacular escape were unnecessary this time around. John Elway and Barry Sanders were elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame without a sweat.

Duke stops Georgia Tech
ATLANTA Luol Deng scored a career-high 22 points and No. 1 Duke extended its winning streak to 15 games with an 82-74 victory Saturday over 14th-ranked Georgia Tech, which hasn't beaten the Blue Devils since 1996.

Federer triumphs at Open
MELBOURNE, Australia Roger Federer solidified his No. 1 ranking and won his second Grand Slam title with a 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-2 rout of unseeded Marat Safin in Sunday's Australian Open final.

Flyers send Penguins to ninth straight loss
PITTSBURGH Patrick Sharp and John LeClair scored just more than a minute apart in the second period, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Saturday.

Seward girls shut down Houston
The Seward girls basketball relied on its stingy defense to pick up a District 3/3A victory Friday at Houston. The Seahawks won 47-32.

Seward boys cagers blow past Su Valley
The Seahawks picked up a District 3/3A victory in Talkeetna by a 48-19 score.

Nikolaevsk boys, CIA girls take tournament
The Nikolaevsk boys high school basketball team won its own tournament, defeating Homer Christian 42-39 in the championship game of the Warrior Rumble Saturday in Nikolaevsk.

Duke stops Georgia Tech
ATLANTA Luol Deng scored a career-high 22 points and No. 1 Duke extended its winning streak to 15 games with an 82-74 victory Saturday over 14th-ranked Georgia Tech, which hasn't beaten the Blue Devils since 1996.

Fear, loathing in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS Some of Las Vegas' biggest hotel-casinos are canceling Super Bowl parties and making refunds to thousands of guests after the NFL threatened legal action against those broadcasting the title game on big-screen TVs.

Anthony's clutch play makes Mavericks lose track of Nuggets
DALLAS Carmelo Anthony hit a go-ahead jumper with 2:22 left, then added four straight free throws in the closing seconds to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-102 Saturday after trailing by 20 points in the third quarter.

SoHi boys cagers mature, thump Kardinals
The rapidly improving Soldotna boys left the Kenai Kardinals looking for answers Saturday, dominating the Kardinals at both ends of the floor to pull out a 46-37 Region III/4A win Saturday in Kenai.

DiMarco, Kaye share lead
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. On a day when nearly everyone made a charge, Chris DiMarco had one of the best.

North tops South
LADY LAKE, Fla. (AP) Even after a record-setting performance, Tennessee running back Troy Fleming wanted to give credit to his Gridiron Classic teammates.

SkyHi takes relays
The Skyview High School cross-country ski team put together a solid team effort to win the Nikiski Relays Saturday on the Nikiski Community Trails at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

Rodriguez, Tigers aim to finalize deal soon
NEW YORK (AP) The Detroit Tigers and Ivan Rodriguez moved closer to finalizing their $40 million, four-year contract, and the deal could be announced Monday afternoon.

Wasilla reclaims region title
The Skyview High School wrestling team grappled its way to a second-place finish Saturday at the Region III/4A championships at Kodiak.

Flyers send Penguins to ninth straight loss
PITTSBURGH Patrick Sharp and John LeClair scored just more than a minute apart in the second period, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Saturday.

North tops South
LADY LAKE, Fla. (AP) Even after a record-setting performance, Tennessee running back Troy Fleming wanted to give credit to his Gridiron Classic teammates.

Henin-Hardenne nears a career Grand Slam
MELBOURNE, Australia Justine Henin-Hardenne needs one more title for a career Grand Slam, with Wimbledon the elusive major.

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