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Monday, February 9, 2004

Lifetime of fitness begins outdoors in South Dakota
YANKTON, S.D. These days, physical education classes at Yankton High School are colder than they used to be.

Getting motivated to maintain health in '04
ATHENS, Ga. The winter months may be a popular time to announce a new diet or a body makeover, but few of us made it out of January with our healthy intentions still intact.

2 men in their 70s setting the pace for older runners
LAWRENCE, Kan. It was still dark when Dick Wilson jogged onto the school track to run laps with a couple of buddies.

Tips for starting an exercise program
Some tips for starting an exercise program:

NOW PLAYING: Miracle
When I was growing up, my parents had a copy of a documentary (on video-disc, for those of you who remember back that far) about the 1980 Winter Oly

Community may not realize what an asset Heritage Place is
Here's another reason you are fortunate to live on the Kenai Peninsula:

Degrading Super Bowl halftime show is abait for terrorism
I add my voice to those who have already expressed remorse over the Super Bowl half-time show last Sunday. As I watched, my heart sank in sadness and disgust. Is this America? What have we done to ourselves, and does anyone care?

Performance provides excellent example of importance of arts
Wow! Thank you for the memories!

NASCAR's 'car of tomorrow' could make driving safer for everyone
NASCAR's ''car of tomorrow'' can't come soon enough. Not for the drivers on the tracks and not for the rest of us on the highways.

Jarrett wins Shootout with help from Earnhardt
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Winning Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout was a heady moment for Dale Jarrett.

Daytona offers its own bye week
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Want to enjoy a nice, relaxing week at Daytona International Speedway?

Recreation commission recommends adding lobby, seating area to ice rink
The Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously recommended a plan Thursday to add a permanent lobby and spectator area to the Kenai Multiuse Facility in anticipation of the Arctic Winter Games.

Photo features: Making way for more?
Lee Brewer with the Department of Transportation clears snow from the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai Saturday morning.

Day of shadowing helps students make choices for future
After this week, the shadows will know -- about careers in the Kenai area.

Kenai River fee stations get OK
The city of Kenai hopes to net a few more dollars next summer from the lucrative Kenai River personal-use salmon fishery.

Pipeline comments welcomed
Comments by Gov. Frank Murkowski during Wednesday's joint session of the Legislature breathed new life into the prospects for a pipeline spur to bring North Slope natural gas to consumers in the Cook Inlet region, Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, said Friday.

Annual Fun Day shows the lighter side of winter
After taking a moment to ponder the possibilities in front her, 3-year-old Ithaca Bergholtz happily matched a large brown bear paw print to a photograph of the bruin that made it.

Vernard E. Jones
Kenai resident Vernard E. Jones died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at his home. He was 81.

Frances D. Frazier
Sterling resident Frances D. Frazier died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at her niece's home in Anchorage due to natural causes. She was 80.

Lisa Marie (Marquis) Haviland
Soldotna resident Lisa Marie (Marquis) Haviland died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 33.

Poison now puts letters at risk
WASHINGTON Somewhere in America, a classroom of children is likely busy scribbling letters to Congress, perhaps asking for a flag that flew over the Capitol for their school or legislation outlawing beets at dinnertime.

Recall effort wrong answer for getting better government
The effort currently under way to recall Gov. Frank Murkowski and Lt. Gov. Loren Leman is misguided.

North Korea should be persuaded to scrapits nuclear weapons plans
North Korea is so secretive that it's uncertain whether it actually has nuclear weapons or, if it does, whether it's developing more. The danger, however, is great enough to demand more urgency.

Tossing TV opens new doors
Next month will mark the fourth year that I threw the television out the window. Literally.

Capture of bin Laden key to squashing extremism
The U.S. military is confident it will bring Osama bin Laden to justice by year's end, perhaps within months.

Students 'put a smile' on soldier's face
BRUNSWICK, Ga. Serving on the front lines during the Iraq war, Michael Zelinski relied on a group of third-grade students at Burroughs-Molette Elementary School to help ease the long, dangerous hours spent so far from home.

Around the Peninsula
Internet class canceled KAEYC meeting today UAF extension to hold workshop Childbirth classes offered Nikiski talent show entrants sought Members wanted for drum group

Peninsula People
Oliver graduates basic training Area residents make deans lists

Veteran devotes time to helping others
A thick fog clinging to the muddy hills provided cover for two American soldiers whose mission it was to capture prisoners to interrogate to determine enemy positions and strength.

Martin, Parker marry in Fairbanks
Chelsey Ann Martin and Shadrack R. Parker were married Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at Musher's Hall in Fairbanks. Don Smith of Nome officiated.

Community News
TOPS losers are big winners Peninsula Winter Games dog-pull results announced

Births
Denali Christine Bernard Tyler Ray Hippchen Kellee Elise Martin Snowy Brooke Pannell Tristin James Segura Jenna Nichole Streiff

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game committee to meetBlood drive slated this weekSoroptimists to meetPhi Theta Kappa to hold induction ceremonyDog classes slated at PenDOGSoHi cheerleaders hold fund-raiserMaster gardeners to discuss water gardens

Anoles are great as first-time pets
The anole is one of the most common and easy to care for lizards in the reptile trade. As such, it is known for being a great starter pet for first-time reptile owners.

Canine ceremony they call it puppy love
AMARILLO, Texas Minutes before her wedding, Daisy Hudson seemed a bit antsy. Cranky, even.

My best friend
Shane and Bailey Blumentritt of Soldotna dream of teaching their horse, Goldie, to pull a sleigh.

SoHi, SkyHi don't go down easy
The Skyview Panthers and the Soldotna Stars each saw their high school hockey season come to an end Friday, but neither team went quietly at the Region III/4A North Star Conference hockey tournament at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Stanford nips Arizona on buzzer-beater to stay perfect
STANFORD, Calif. Third-stringer Nick Robinson hit a running 3-pointer from about 35 feet at the buzzer, and second-ranked Stanford held off No. 12 Arizona 80-77 Saturday to stay undefeated.

NFC rallies to pull out thriller
HONOLULU There was nothing relaxing about this Sunday afternoon in Hawaii: The highest-scoring Pro Bowl in history also might have been the most exciting edition of the NFL's all-star game.

NHL All-Star game staged under cloud of labor uncertainty
ST. PAUL, Minn. Jeremy Roenick is realistic: Labor agreement or not, this is probably his last trip to the All-Star game. So he, like everyone involved with the midseason classic, hopes the NHL shows off its best side.

Franzmann, Walton take Homer Invite
Soldotna's Katie Franzmann and Ryan Walton led their teams to team titles Saturday at the Homer Invite at McNeil Canyon Ski Trails.

Knicks top Heat, claim fourth straight victory
MIAMI Stephon Marbury scored all 16 of his points in the first half, and the New York Knicks extended their winning streak to four games with a 76-64 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Kenai skaters defend region crown
The Kenai Central High School hockey team laid claim to its second straight Region III/4A North Star Conference title Saturday, defeating the Wasilla Warriors 6-1 in the region tournament championship game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Oberholser, Singh tied for lead
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. Arron Oberholser can think of no other setting as peaceful than Pebble Beach.

Ninilchik cagers split with Lumen Christi
The Ninilchik High School basketball teams split with visiting Lumen Christi Saturday in District 3/2A competition.

West blows past East in YoungStars game
ST. PAUL, Minn. Anaheim's Joffrey Lupul scored three goals and Colorado's Philippe Sauve stopped 18 of 21 shots for the Western Conference in a 7-3 victory over the Eastern Conference in the YoungStars game Saturday night.

Goalies shine Sunday
ST. PAUL, Minn. They call Minnesota the State of Hockey and, fittingly, the NHL's All-Star game there reflected the state of its hockey, too. The trend to defense has spread even to the sport's showcase game.

Seldovia boys 56, Unalakleet 53
Charles Pulliam scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter to lead Seldovia to a 56-53 win over Unalakleet Saturday. Chance Collier added 13 for the Sea Otters.

Nikiski girls cagers stifle Anchorage Christian
The Nikiski girls basketball team got defensive Friday in picking up a District 3/3A victory over Anchorage Christian Schools in Anchorage.

Unalakleet girls 53, Seldovia 33
Alica Toshavik scored 20 points to lead Unalakleet to a come-from-behind win over Seldovia Saturday. Nine of Toshavik's points came during an 18-8 third quarter run that completed a Wolf Pack comeback that started after Seldovia raced out to a 16-4 first quarter lead.

Homer sweeps Nikiski
The Homer hockey team defeated Nikiski 6-4 Friday at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink to finish up the Greatland Hockey Conference regular season in second place.

Soldotna falls to Wasilla
The Soldotna boys were unable to keep up with a hot-shooting Wasilla team Saturday, dropping a Region III/4A contest by a score of 75-40 at Wasilla. Ben Neher led all scorers with 17 points for the Warriors, which drained six three-pointers.

Panthers nab second at state
Led by Jed Wade's fourth consecutive state title, Wasilla High School wrestled away with its first ever state wrestling title Saturday at Chugiak High School.

Mariner girls win Bethel tourney
The Homer girls capped an undefeated road trip to Bethel with a 60-39 win over the host Warriors in the championship game of the Subway of Bethel tournament.

Pro Bowl packed with notable newcomers
HONOLULU When Anquan Boldin discovered he has been chosen for the same number of Pro Bowls as Steve McNair, the Arizona receiver almost demanded a recount.

Streaking Singh stalking Tiger
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. Vijay Singh stood on the 18th green with the crystal in his hands, a trophy he has wanted to hold ever since he first set foot on Pebble Beach.

Bryans win doubles to clinch quarterfinal spot
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Ah, home sweet home.

Kardinals sweep Houston
Lindsay Keener had a game-high 11 points as the Kenai girls cruised to a 41-23 non-region win Saturday over the Houston Hawks in Houston. Kendra Steiner added nine for Kenai, which outscored the Hawks 24-10 in the first half. Laura Moore netted five points for the Kardinals.

State Wrestling results
The results from Saturday's championship and consolation matches at the Alaska state 4A wrestling championships at Chugiak High School:

Seward girls knock off top-ranked Buccaneers
Breanna Bardarson scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Seward girls to a 53-39 romp over the Valdez Buccaneers in the final game of the Dimond High School tournament Saturday in Anchorage.

Lady Vols shoot down Gamecocks
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Shyra Ely had 12 points and 12 rebounds to help top-ranked Tennessee beat South Carolina 72-58 on Sunday.

Payton, Fisher magical in LA win
ORLANDO, Fla. Derek Fisher stole the ball from Rod Strickland and set up Gary Payton's layup with 4.1 seconds left, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 98-96 victory Sunday over the Orlando Magic.

Bethel boys 58, Homer 52
Seth Fairbanks led three Warriors in double figures as Bethel downed Homer 58-52 to claim the boys title at the Subway of Bethel tournament. Fairbanks hit three three-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points, while Alex Waiserski and Nate David each chipped in 13.

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