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NOW PLAYING: In Good Company
There is a touching moment near the end of this week's film, In Good Company, when Dennis Quaid's character and Topher Grace's character hug, and you can tell that one is really hanging on for dear life - that this moment will prove whether he has the strength and courage to cast off and see where life takes him.

Many reasons why people support myth of evolution
1. Some believe or support this "fairy tale for adults" because they have been taught it all their lives. These people have never seriously studied all sides of the controversy. They've been successfully brainwashed by the intense evolutionary propaganda of the last 100 years.

Contributions of oil and gas industry should not be forgotten
As we begin the task of looking at the long-range oil and gas potential of the Cook Inlet area and the future needs for the people and commerce around the Kenai Peninsula and Alaska, we would all do well to stop for a moment and remember the people and families that the petrochemical industry has brought to Alaska and their commitment of their lives and dreams on behalf of us all.

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.

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.

School district has big request
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education took a leap into uncharted waters by passing a resolution that will ask the state of Alaska for just enough money to cover costs, no doubt a move requiring some degree of fortitude compared to years past.

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.

Road money, appeals fee face consent
A relatively short agenda awaits the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, but there are two ordinances up for public hearing and final action that would have immediate impacts on some borough residents.

Misty mountain
Mount Redoubt rises above fog shrouding Cook Inlet at sunrise recently. Forecasters are calling for cloudy skies and temperatures in the 30s through Friday.

Coffee and change
At one time she was a prostitute. She was an alcoholic and a junkie, too. Twenty-three years ago, Verissa Walber had a spiritual experience that turned her life around, however, and last week, she was among the many U.S. ministers invited to President George W. Bush's National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Iron Dog race begins
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Twenty snowmachine teams took off from Big Lake on Sunday, launching the 21st annual Tesoro Iron Dog race.

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.

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.

Barry Lawrence Hawkes
Wasilla resident Barry Lawrence Hawkes died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, of natural causes at his home. He was 53.

Nation's nuclear fleet needs to be spread out
Adm. Vern Clark, chief of U.S. naval operations, was exactly right when he inferred another nuclear carrier port is needed on the East Coast.

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.

Club News
Fucci receives military honor Huguelet graduates college Ship checks out Todd deploys to Caribbean

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

Community Events
Area nonprofit honored

Peninsula People
Pop Warner registration begins KCHS class reunion planned Rodeo queen deadline looms Soldotna Elks table tennis results

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game to meet Genealogical society to meet CES seeking volunteers NPRSA sets gym schedule Volunteers for wildlife education sought

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pebble win a day at the beach for Phil
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mickelson should be used to this now, but he felt a strange sensation as he walked up the 18th fairway Sunday afternoon at Pebble Beach with a four-shot lead.

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.

New coach, same result
MINNEAPOLIS — Ben Gordon had 21 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role, and Chicago spoiled Kevin McHale's first game as Minnesota's coach by posting an 87-83 win over the Timberwolves.

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

Lady Tigers feast on Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Freshman Sylvia Fowles scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help No. 1 LSU shake off a slow start to beat South Carolina 66-36 on Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

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

Panthers drop close one to Wasilla
The Skyview boys basketball team lost a 47-42 decision Saturday night to the Wasilla Warriors in Region III basketball action at Wasilla.

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.

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.

Manning leads AFC past NFC
HONOLULU — Peyton Manning was still at the peak of his game in the Pro Bowl, and Michael Vick showed he's only beginning the climb.

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