Saturday, February 19, 2005

No. 12 Louisville notches big comeback
MILWAUKEE — Francisco Garcia's 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining capped a 14-0 run that gave Louisville a 64-61 win over Marquette on Thursday night.

Schilling, Wells turn up volume early in season
TAMPA, Fla. — With the Curt & Pedro tandem broken up, Boston began its first spring as World Series champions since 1918 with some striking words from Schilling and new teammate David Wells.

Hitting the bull's-eye with handcrafted bows
MARIETTA, Okla. — A hunter at heart, G.W. Flanagan decided to use his youthful enthusiasm to take his passion one step further when he was just a teen. Since he was 15 years old, Flanagan, now retired, has been making his own bows, a ''hobby'' he's honed into a fine skill that attracts the attention of hunters far and wide.

Security guard's firing shows legislators play without rules
I hope the security guard in Juneau that was just fired sues his employer and any other party associated with it. It's bad enough for our government to find ways to void elections (how many times did we vote to move the capitol?) but now that someone has come forward and made public what has been going on for years, he is fired. It's obvious to everyone that legislators want the distance between constituents and themselves so they can act autonomously.

Basketball program a slam dunk
The Boys and Girls Club's third-fourth grade basketball league, with 20 teams and nearly 200 kids, just wrapped up yet another fun-filled, action-packed season. The success of the program rests with the positive and caring individuals who took time out of their busy lives to give the kids the opportunity to experience the comradery of being on a team, the thrill in learning a new skill and the responsibility of teamwork.

Kerry Earnhardt follows family success at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kerry Earnhardt's first career pole came at a fitting place: Daytona.

Waltrip, Earnhardt up front again at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Daytona 500 is still three days away and already NASCAR is in midseason form. The Dale Earnhardt Inc. team is running out in front and Kevin Harvick is being rapped for reckless driving.

Restoration earns environmental award
Before this summer, juvenile salmon wanting to find a good place to hang out on Silver Salmon Creek were forced to stay downstream of a small culvert that blocked their passage beyond Oilwell Road, leaving miles of prime silver and king rearing grounds essentially unused.

Kenai clock may run out of time
Unless the public steps forward with significant funding, it doesn't look like Kenai will be getting a town clock any time soon.

In your face!
Joel Brower, 5, gets a face wash while sledding with family on the bluff in Kenai on Thursday afternoon.

Grant will add to road upgrade
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to accept a $909,700 state grant that will go toward improvements to Keystone Drive Road, a collector road along the Kenai River serving local residents, tourist businesses, federally managed and private park facilities and a public boat launch.

Nancy Yandell
Former Sterling resident Nancy Yandell died Monday, Feb. 1, 2005, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage due to complications from a long illness. She was surround by family and friends.

State doesn't need an elected attorney general
Does Alaska need more politicians?

Regional forester OKs helicopter landings for wilderness surveys
KETCHIKAN (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service will use helicopters to reach remote wilderness areas and monitor forest health, according to the regional forester.

Moose Range Meadows conservation a worthwhile 'work in progress'
If you like to do some salmon fishing in the Soldotna area, you've probably heard of the Moose Range Meadows subdivision on the Kenai River. Maybe you have fished off the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's fiberglass boardwalks on the north bank, or maybe a law enforcement officer has asked you to pack up your fishing gear and leave what you thought was a public river bank. Or maybe you are a riverbank property owner who either fumes about government restrictions against a desired dock or gazebo, or who enjoys the more-or-less "wild" view when looking up and down the river from your property. If your riverbank property in Moose Range Meadows is an investment, you may well appreciate the extra appraisal value that non-development restrictions can add to your property.

Around the Peninsula
Cajun dinner, auction SaturdayUsed book sale slatedCoal bed methane workshop setAWG to host auction fund-raiser

Church briefs
Poetry contest slatedChurch changes meeting placeMOMS to meetClothing availableYouth seeking funds for hungryChurch production slatedBible study group to meetClothes 2 Go openAddictions group meeting slated

True victory is when we make it to the finish line
Most contend that the last presidential election was nothing less than a war. It was a battle of values and ideals with two major sides entrenched and determined: us versus them, and never the twain shall meet.

Bring on the spring
Though it's just the middle of February, conditions on the Kenai Peninsula's cross-country ski trails have skiers thinking spring.

Kenai Peninsula Cross-Country Ski Trails
Tsalteshi Trails — Located behind Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parking lot and on Kalifornsky Beach Road just across from the Soldotna Sports Center. Difficulty — Trails for all levels.

With six fingers and no legs, player beats odds
MADISON, Wis. — When Scot Vesterdahl, the basketball coach at Madison Area Technical College, opened the gym for tryouts he knew Brandon Watkins would have his work cut out for him.

Slight stroke slows Bruschi
BOSTON — New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered a mild stroke but is walking, talking and in good spirits, the team said.

Davis takes the lead, with Tiger lurking
LOS ANGELES — The shifting wind and gloomy rain gave the Nissan Open a distinctively British feel Thursday.

New York Olympics a longshot without new stadium
The Big Apple is all dressed up and ready to go. Central Park is decorated, Olympic banners and ads are everywhere, and Donald Trump's hair is firmly in place.

Are darker days ahead or behind the NHL?
NEW YORK — Day 155 of the NHL lockout was stunningly Day 1 of the offseason.

In reaction to brawl, NBA introduces new security measures
DENVER — The NBA is using All-Star weekend to introduce new security guidelines for all its arenas in hopes of preventing a repeat of the brawl between players and fans in Detroit earlier this season.

Timberwolves take down Cavaliers
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's backups were too much for Cleveland's All-Stars.

California elk captured as part of restoration effort
LOS BANOS, Calif. — State and federal wildlife officials captured dozens of Tule elk for relocation Wednesday, part of an effort to restore a native California species that has rebounded from the brink of extinction.

Scientists seek help in counting birds
JUNEAU — You don't have to be in your backyard for the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count. Organizers of the event, which runs from Feb. 18 through Feb. 21, will be glad to take findings from any location. You can walk the shore, trudge through the woods, or sit beside your kitchen window.

Colorado requests more lynx for reintroduction
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) — The state of Colorado would like to import eight lynx from the Yukon in the next month as part of its program to restore the animals to the wild.

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