Sunday, February 20, 2005

Handlers take over at Quest
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory (AP) — The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race belonged to the dog handlers on Friday.

Stewart charges to Busch win at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tony Stewart drove through the grass, passed his buddy Dale Earnhardt Jr. and wound up in Victory Lane.

Growth of NASCAR puts its soul up for grabs
The soul of a sport is up for grabs. Once the province of bootleggers and backwoodsmen, its appeal largely limited to the Southeast, NASCAR is now a full-service entertainment juggernaut that trails only the NFL in its reach and ambition. The rolling billboards that used to peddle tires and motor oil at ramshackle ovals in small towns just a decade ago now zoom down new speedways in the shadows of big cities, selling cereal, office supplies, internet providers and even Viagra to a worldwide audience of 75 million.

Resurgent Earnhardt team ready to face Daytona challenge
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A week ago, just about everybody was convinced that the Dale Earnhardt Inc. team's Daytona dominance was done.

Turning the page
The Alaska legislative session is rolling along and, according to members of the House Rules Committee, legislative pages are the wheels that keep it moving.

Taxes, report may extinguish volcano center
Dreams of a public facility near Stariski Creek dedicated to the study of the volcanoes of Cook Inlet appear close to extinction.

Is gas storage natural?
Some say Southcentral Alaska utilities could have a hard time with some operations on the coldest and darkest days of winter as early as next year if something is not done.

Lila Rozak
Longtime Kenai residnet Lila Rozak died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 90.

Katheryn Merrelyn 'Kitty' Nyquist
Longtime Carlton, Minn., resident Katheryn Merrelyn "Kitty" Nyquist died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was 77.

William Pete Bowman
Kenai resident William "Pete" Bowman died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at his home. He was 43.

Voices of the Clarion: Translating finance lingo
With Social Security nearly gutted, health care costs skyrocketing and a pack of rabid seadonkeys poised to take over the earth (don't say I didn't warn you) it is becoming increasingly important to save for the future.

More than single egg in peninsula's economic basket
The proverb goes "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."

Hinsley, Crandall wed in California
Lauren Hinsley and Harly Crandall were married Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, in an outdoor evening ceremony in Gilroy, Calif. Pastor Adam Miller of Westgate Church in San Jose officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Home building workshop set ICAN to meet Senior Olympics planned

Hearing her history
Duyeq' dgheli k'eli dghili. No, the words above are not a typographical error. Nor has the editor fallen asleep on the job.

Pulley, Mills marry in Kenai
Cassie Pulley and Travis Mills of Nikiski were married Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, in an afternoon ceremony at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai. Tom Denman of Vancouver, Wash., officiated.

Pizzuto, Playle plan July ceremony
Samantha Pizzuto of Nikiski and Thomas Playle plan to be married Saturday, July 2, 2005, in an afternoon ceremony at the Unocal picnic grounds in Nikiski.

My best friend
Betty Steele of Kenai says her dog K.C. is a working dog and is mostly a border collie.

Doggone good reads
Amazon.com, the largest Internet bookstore, keeps track of best-selling books for nearly every category of interest, including pets.

Nikiski girls nip Seward
The Nikiski girls basketball team went from not being able to make a shot to not being able to miss a shot Friday in a Southcentral Conference victory over visiting Seward.

Rain wreaks havoc on Nissan Open
LOS ANGELES — Heavy rain that flooded bunkers and covered the greens with thousands of worms forced officials to cancel golf Saturday in the Nissan Open, raising the possibility of the PGA Tour's first 36-hole event in nearly nine years.

Future cloudy for Bruschi
BOSTON — Former NHL player Brian Mullen is one of the few pro athletes who has a sense of what New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi is going through.

Hopkins outpoints Eastman
LOS ANGELES — Bernard Hopkins never claimed he was the prettiest fighter, just the best. Even at the age of 40, he was good enough Saturday night to reach another milestone and win another fight.

Sexson reports early to Mariners
Richie Sexson checked into the Seattle Mariners' spring training camp two days early Saturday, knowing he'd have to explain a Feb. 5 drunken driving citation.

Rumors of NHL's demise were not exaggerated
NEW YORK — After one last gasp and 6 1/2 hours of negotiations with two Hall of Famers, the NHL season is dead — again.

Soldotna girls topple Kenai
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team got off to a fast start Friday to defeat visiting Kenai Central 52-33 in a Northern Light Conference game at Soldotna.

Stern, Hunter optimistic about labor talks
DENVER (AP) — Asked to name the specific areas where they've made progress on a new collective bargaining agreement, NBA commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter pursed their lips and slowly turned toward each other.

Colony cagers sweep past Skyview
The Colony Knights swept the Skyview Panthers in Northern Lights Conference basketball action Saturday at Skyview.

Seawolves skaters beat North Dakota
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska-Anchorage came from behind and poured it on late, scoring three goals in the waning minutes to defeat North Dakota 5-2 on Saturday.

Homer girls, boys come up empty on home court
The visiting Palmer boys edged Homer 51-50 Saturday in Northern Lights Conference action.

Nikiski girls, Kenai boys grab victories
The Kenai Central boys and the Nikiski girls basketball teams posted wins in nonconference matchups Saturday in Nikiski. The Kenai boys hit 10-of-15 free throws in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Bulldogs for a 64-53 win. The Nikiski girls, after trailing Kenai early, rallied for a 55-44 win.

Smith wins dunk contest with aid of Wilkins' jersey
DENVER — Josh Smith went retro to win the NBA's dunk contest.

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