Sunday, February 15, 2004

Spring training opens with optimism and a dark cloud
A year ago, right after flipping his Mustang on a California highway and somehow surviving the crash with hardly a scratch, a 21-year-old lefty who had never pitched above Class A walked into his first major league camp. He was promptly assigned No. 77.

Yankees pursue A-Rod
NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez was just a day or two away from joining the Yankees in a trade that will surely rank as one of the biggest in baseball history.

Poll: Borough residents don't want to pay for more services
Mitigating land-use conflicts, supporting economic development, expanding fire and emergency services, and aiding senior service programs were among the issues raised most often and seen as important in a telephone survey conducted by a contractor working on the update of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Comprehensive Plan.

Area delegates laud outcome of conference
Returning from the three-day Conference of Alaskans in Fairbanks, the four delegates from the Kenai Peninsula lauded the unprecedented summit, saying it had gone much better than expected.

Cold cash needed for center fix
Hundreds of hockey players, coaches and fans from around the state flocked to the Soldotna Sports Center over the weekend to watch what's arguably the crown jewel of Alaska's high school sports season, the state 4A hockey championships.

Lyndsey Marie Kvasnikoff
Former Kenai resident Lyndsey Marie Kvasnikoff died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at her home in Kirkland, Wash. She was 18.

Debra C. Byers
Sterling resident Debra C. Byers died of natural causes Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at her home in Sterling. She was 43.

David Allen Pat Colby
Kenai resident David Allen "Pat" Colby died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at his home in Kenai. He was 66.

Kathryn Marie Dent
Kathryn Marie Dent died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, in her home in Montrose, Colo. She was 45.

Text of Conference of Alaskans letter
Fellow Alaskans, The 55 of us have spent the past three days in Fairbanks at the Conference of Alaskans called by Governor Murkowski to consider the fiscal future of our state and the proper role of the Permanent Fund in that future. We believe there are five basic facts that Alaskans must and do acknowledge.

Valentine's Day full of irony
Once in a lifetime, there comes a day when the stars align in just the right manner, the cosmic powers that be become benevolent toward your lowly mortal soul and the fickle Fates decide to stop thumbing their noses at you and cut you a break.

Conference did its work; now it's time for legislators to act
Congratulations are in order to those who participated in last week's Conference of Alaskans. In three days, the 55 delegates of all political persuasions from all regions of the state were able to reach consensus on some of the thorniest questions facing the state.

Kit provides samples of basics to newlyweds
ARDMORE, Okla. A surprise awaits every couple that applies for a marriage license in the Carter County Clerk's Office on the second floor of the courthouse.

Around the Peninsula
Fishing cooperative lecture plannedReception for T-200 volunteers setPeace vigil plannedSwim coaches neededHealth center plans board meetingRoad service subcommittee to meetKenai River advisory board meeting slatedSoHi selling discount cardsInternet class slated

Widow's ring returned to daughter after 30 years
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) Shortly after her husband died, Judie Vann gave her prized gold and diamond ring to his best friend in appreciation for the kindness he had shown her family.

Program aims to prepare women for great outdoors
In the area of Louisiana where Pam Godair lives, it hasn't snowed in more than 20 years. In Soldotna, where Godair spent last weekend, there was about four feet of snow on the ground with more falling as she was introduced to the winter weather activities of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dog mushing.

Deaf couple hearing each other's voices for first time
MAYWOOD, Ill. The young couple sat in the small room, waiting for a click on the computer that would transform their lives.

Zakikhani, Stonecipher marry in January
Sahar (Mim) Zakikhani and Nathon L. Stonecipher of Kenai were married Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at the Kenai Court House.

Swanson, Guido wed in Kenai
Brittany L. Swanson and Evan R. Guido were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The Rev. Charles Thornton officiated.

Keeping creepy crawly colonies
Bugs most people can't stand the sight of them and few would entertain the idea of intentionally keeping and breeding them in their homes.

My best friend
Kyle Caligan of Soldotna loves to hang out with his Bichon Frise, Max.

Kenai's Barnes downs Nikiski at buzzer
Kenai Central senior Nick Barnes capped a stirring duel with Nikiski senior Jeremiah Taylor by nailing a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from deep in the corner to give the Kardinals a 68-65 nonconference victory Friday in Nikiski.

Sun shines on Kenai boys, SkyHi girls
Early Saturday morning, things were looking rather bleak at the Kenai Nordic Trails, as rain and unseasonably warm conditions had Kenai head coach Dave Feeken worried the 2004 Kenai Peninsula Borough Cross Country Championships might not go off.

Kardinals drop fourth-place tilt
The good news for the Kenai Central High School hockey team was that it was able to extend its season as long as possible, playing its final game on the final day of the state tournament.

Jones beats Richardson in miss-filled dunk contest
LOS ANGELES (AP) Indiana's Fred Jones won the NBA dunk contest practically by default on Saturday night, dethroning two-time champion Jason Richardson when both missed their final jams.

Nikiski boys topple Seward
Jeremiah Taylor hit four 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 30 points as Nikiski picked up a District III/3A win Saturday at Seward, winning 65-57.

Avalanche crush Wings in front of Detroit faithful
DETROIT Alex Tanguay scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and David Aebischer made 28 saves in the Colorado Avalanche's 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Service edges West for another crown
The Service High School hockey team won its third straight state championship, and eighth overall, defeating West High School of Anchorage 2-1 in the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championships at the Soldotna Sports Center Saturday.

Kards stop Malemutes
The Kenai Central High School hockey team overcame a sluggish start to defeat Lathrop 6-2 in the consolation bracket of the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championships to advance to Saturday's fourth-place game.

Homer cruises to fourth
The Homer High School Hockey team bumped Nikiski from the Greatland Conference Tournament, sticking the Bulldogs with a 5-4 overtime loss at Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla Friday.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B drops two in AnchorageInformation meeting to be held on tax planTwins to hold informational meeting

Cyclist Pantani found dead
RIMINI, Italy (AP) Marco Pantani, the former Tour de France and Giro d'Italia winner who has been plagued by doping accusations and suspensions in recent years, was found dead Saturday, Italian news reports said.

West Valley ends season of Wasilla
West Valley outshot Wasilla 46-18, and the Wolfpack scored three goals in the third period to put the consolation bracket game away Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Stanford, Saint Joseph's keep perfect records intact
BERKELEY, Calif. Rob Little scored 16 points to lead No. 2 Stanford to its school-record 21st straight victory, 69-58 over archrival California on Saturday night.

Shaq or Kobe, who takes over All-Star game in Los Angeles?
LOS ANGELES More often than not in recent years, the NBA All-Star Game has ended up revolving in some way around Kobe Bryant or Shaquille O'Neal.

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