Sunday, February 13, 2005

Johnson wins competitive Shootout
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A victory in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout revived the season-ending momentum that came so close to giving Jimmie Johnson a NASCAR Nextel Cup title in 2004 and has made him the favorite going into this season.

Weekend takes on different meaning for platform crews
Barney Phillips remembers when riding a helicopter was exciting. Now it is all in a week's work.

Clock's ticking on heartfelt gifts
Finding the right Valentine's Day gift can be one the most difficult shopping experiences in any man's life.

Plan for senior housing site nears maturity
The long-held dream of a seniors' housing complex in Cooper Landing is poised to a giant step toward reality March 1.

Industry: Incentives needed to spur oil, gas development
Cook Inlet oil and gas industry leaders told state lawmakers Friday in Kenai that a better regulatory environment and a variety of incentives will help spur oil and gas development and exploration in the region.

Jay W. Stafford and Teressa Renee Stafford
Soldotna residents Jay W. Stafford and Teressa Renee Stafford died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005Soldotna residents Jay W. Stafford and Teressa Renee Stafford died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, from injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle accident on the Canyon Creek bridge near Hope.

Pamela Jean Handrich
Homer resident Pamela Jean Handrich died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer with family and friends at her bedside after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. She was 53.

Affair of the heart
Judy DeVito is a woman with a passion for teaching and caring for others. What is not apparent when first meeting her, though, is the trouble with her physical heart.

Around the Peninsula
After-graduation committee to meet Dodge ball league forming Memorial, yurts to be discussed Christian women to gather Deep Creek user fees head talk Forest service to host workshops

At the heart of the matter
Remember your first crush?

Old dogs need new care
As there starts to be fewer days ahead than there are behind, pet owners may begin to notice changes in their canine companions. There's no stopping it and no sense in ignoring it.

No new doggy do — town bans pet cosmetic surgery
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Leaders in this community known for its progressive views are trying to ban cosmetic surgery — for pets.

Service girls top Bulldogs
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team was looking forward to the challenge of matching up with Class 4A power Service Saturday at Nikiski. The Bulldogs didn't come out on top — Service posted a 55-51 nonconference win — but Nikiski was nonetheless pleased to perform well against one of the state's top teams.

SoHi girls grab region title
The Soldotna High School girls cross-country skiing team had a breakthrough performance over the weekend, picking up the team title at the Region III championship meet at Susitna Valley High School in Talkeetna.

Mickelson running away from field at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mickelson finally found a situation to tone down his attacking style.

Iverson scores 60 as Sixers top Magic
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson scored 60 points, a career high and the most in the NBA this season, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-99 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

Heritage, Soldotna each claim a win
The Soldotna High School girls and boys basketball teams split a pair of nonconference blowouts against Heritage Christian Friday in Soldotna.

UAA ties Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Martin Stuchlik completed his hat trick with seven seconds remaining in the third period to give Alaska Anchorage a 5-5 tie with Minnesota Saturday night and three of four possible points in the weekend series.

Kardinals drop fourth-place game
West Valley closed out its season with a 6-2 win over Kenai Central Saturday in the fourth-place game of the Frozen Pond Class 4A State Hockey Tournament at the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks.

Ninilchik boys, girls sweep own tournament
The Ninilchik Wolverines swept their own Ninilchik Invitational basketball tournament Saturday afternoon at Ninilchik School.

Kenai boys lose to Heritage in overtime
Heritage Christian, the top-ranked team in Class 3A, defeated host Kenai Central 66-56 Saturday in overtime in nonconference action.

A fan's notes: Botelho exuded zest for golf, life in Alaska
The community, golfers and this newspaper suffered a tough loss Wednesday with the death of Rita Botelho at age 63.

No. 1 Illinois passes the Wisconsin test
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Luther Head scored 26 points and Dee Brown hit two 3-pointers down the stretch to seal top-ranked and unbeaten Illinois' 70-59 victory over No. 20 Wisconsin on Saturday.

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