Monday, February 23, 2004

Clemens, Pettitte learning to fill new roles on loaded Houston pitching staff
Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte showed up at spring training and quickly found out that neither one is Houston's No. 1 starter.

Dark chocolate might reduce blood pressure, study says
CHICAGO A small study suggests that eating dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure a delicious instance in which something that tastes good might, for a change, be good for you, too.

Oh waiter, there's a carb on my plate
When going out to a nice restaurant, that's the time to put the diet on hold.

Chic restaurants offer low-carb, too
DETROIT As Burger King promotes bunless burgers and Subway hawks low-carb sandwich wraps, some upscale restaurants are pouring on the cream and perfecting flourless batter in their own appeal to those on Atkins-style diets.

Legislation would tighten limits on telemarketers
JUNEAU Pesky telemarketers banned from making unsolicited phone calls under a new federal law would face additional restrictions in Alaska under a proposal in the Legislature.

Nikiski community should get to vote on community center
If you don't care about the immediate shifting of the borough's tax burden onto Nikiski homeowners, then read no further. If you want to immediately support a Taj Mahal Nikiski Community Center with your North Peninsula Recreation Service Area (NPRSA) tax dollars, then read no further.

Community center great idea and it's not a costly Taj Mahal
I would like to get this information out to the Nikiski residents to offset the flyer that was handed out last week at the Nikiski Post Office. Holly Norwood stated that the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area wanted to build a Taj Mahal Community Center. Well, before we all get upset and in turmoil over this issue, calling Nikiski Elementary the Taj Mahal is absurd.

Justice has been served in Salvation Army case
I would like to thank the jurors for the verdict involving the Trickels and The Salvation Army. I would like to thank attorneys Tom Owens and Nelson Page for their consistent pursuit for justice.

Letterman lets Junior show what he can do
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. The end of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s whirlwind media tour in New York on Tuesday was a visit to Late Night with David Letterman. It might have been the best appearance in a day that started before sunrise at NBC's The Today Show and included stops at Live with Regis and Kelly and CNN.

Kenseth rolls to Rockingham win
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. Matt Kenseth picked the best way possible to silence his critics: Dominating a race and using a thrilling finish to get back to Victory Lane.

Newsmaker: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first Daytona 500 on Sunday.The third generation driver stopped long enough to talk about the victory.

Stewart stays upbeat despite 2nd-place finish
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. He had just lost a hard-fought, down-to-the-wire showdown against one of NASCAR's best drivers in the sport's biggest event.

Assembly members to present priorities for Kenai Peninsula
Three Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members head to the nation's capital Saturday to lobby Congress for money to fund a host of projects, including outfitting various service areas with a long list of much-needed emergency equipment and to seek support for the borough's list of legislative priorities.

Visit helps senator stay in touch
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski spent Friday on a whirlwind tour of the central Kenai Peninsula, taking time to talk with a variety of local government, community and business leaders.

Photo feature: One slick ride
Travis McDowell (in red), Vern Hart and Rory Hoeldt slide down the sled hill behind Sears Elementary School on Saturday. Snow conditions have been fast for sledders and skiers.

Kenai supports facility changes
The Kenai City Council on Wednesday approved a recommendation from the city's Parks and Recreation Committee to support the construction of an enclosed lobby and heated seating area to the Kenai Multipurpose Facility.

Residents speak; most say no
The "people's voice" could be heard loud and clear in the foyer of the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna on Saturday, as the Alaskans, Just Say No! group held a town meeting to give people in the community a chance to speak.

Ax could hit state agencies
JUNEAU State agencies may be subject to significant cuts in the next fiscal year as the Legislature tries to trim $80 million to $100 million from Gov. Frank Murkowski's budget proposal.

Darrel B. Papczak
Soldotna area resident Darrel B. Papczak died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at his home from cancer. He was 57.

Felicidad 'Phyllis' (Purugganan) Kahakauwila
Longtime Kenai resident Felicidad "Phyllis" (Purugganan) Kahakauwila died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 74.

NAFTA rears up as key presidential issue
WASHINGTON Move over Vietnam. A candidate's position on the free trade deal that links the United States with Mexico and Canada may have more bearing on the presidential race than 30-year-old military records.

Plan for giant, final dividend payment not the best answer
To hear some Alaskans talking, one might begin to think that money really can buy happiness.

U.S. should stay out of Haiti fight
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said (last) week, "There is frankly no enthusiasm right now to send in military or police forces to put down the violence" in Haiti.

Hobby leads to unforeseeable progress in competition, flight, friend
Last weekend was bittersweet for me. It was the end of an era. I've written about Bailey, my 8-year-old golden retriever, lots of times. She's my agility queen. I am her jester along for laughs, mainly.

A lot more talk than action on nation's budget deficit
The news that next year's federal budget deficit is slated to reach $521 billionmore than half a trillion dollars, that ismight be expected to have a sobering effect in Washington, and there are some signs it has.

Gray, Burger announce engagement
Johanna Gray and Doc Burger of Big Lake have announced their plans to marry in the summer of 2005 in Big Lake.

Around the Peninsula
Little League umpires soughtWinter Family Fun Day todayNikiski blood drive scheduledHarley owners group getting togetherChild care workshops plannedQuilters plan yard saleB and B association meeting slatedKids invited to cheer campFish and Game committee meeting set

Peninsula People
Area students honored for academicsLytle to tour West Coast

Tortillas may be best thing since sliced bread
SAN JOSE, Calif. Move over, white bread. Make way for the bread of the future: the tortilla.

Genealogists search for clues to unearth their ancestries
There's a blacksmith. Quakers who once owned part of Nantucket Island. A woman who lost four sons to disease in the Civil War. Brothers captured by Indians and sold to Jesuits in Canada.

Ask a firefighter
Question: With the incredible snowfall this winter, I've noticed the hydrants around my neighborhood are buried with snow. Is this something I should take care of or will the fire crews get to them?

Tiffney and Lyle Garner Jr. of Nikiski announce the birth of their daughter, Mystery Constantine Garner, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 16.75 inches.

Around the Peninsula
SoHi parents to meetSenior Olympic games scheduledFamily Living Center to hold open houseRegistration for basic skills program extendedKenai pool begins swim lessonsBoys and Girls Club to celebrate Dr. SeussNikiski senior parents to meetNikiski talent show entrants soughtVillage Fair seeking vendors, volunteersSafety day slated

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminded to reregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.

Photo feature: Community excellence
Committee volunteers Lowell Wilcox and Karen Ghering present a sign to Debbie Cary, co-owner of the Inlet View Restaurant, recognizing the community of Ninilchik as a Ducks Unlimited Community of Excellence.

Community News
Homer parade winners announcedBoys and Girls Club celebrates Dr. Seuss birthdayPeninsula Oilers to offer scholarshipsSen. Murkowski accepting applications for internsCharter school to hold enrollment lottery

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

Introducing new cats slowly can reduce fighting
Introducing a new cat to a home where one or more cats already live can typically have three outcomes: It goes off without a hitch; there is slight friction at first but everyone settles in; or the claws come out, the fur starts to fly and the cats look more like prizefighters than affectionate pets.

My best friend
Toby the cat likes to steal anything shiny, especially jewelry, so owner Anna Finley of Kenai has to keep a close eye on him.

VanMeter, Carr take Iron Dog
ANCHORAGE (AP) A pair of Kenai Peninsula racers roared across the finish line Saturday morning at Big Lake to capture the championship of the Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile race.

Switch pays off for Carr, VanMeter
The Ski-Doo's did it.

Skyview boys take down Wasilla
Chalk this one up to purple pride.

Stanford, Saint Joseph's keep perfect records
LOS ANGELES Rob Little scored 18 points to lead No. 1 Stanford to a 73-60 victory over UCLA on Saturday, the Cardinal's school-record 23rd consecutive win.

Blue Devils end two game slide
DURHAM, N.C. J.J. Redick scored 20 points and No. 3 Duke ended its two-game losing streak with an 86-63 victory over Maryland on Sunday.

Seward girls continue rolling in District 3/3A
The Seward High School girls basketball team continued to dominate District 3/3A opponents, downing Grace 40-29 Saturday in Seward.

Devils' Gomez breaks out
NEW YORK Scott Gomez scored two goals and added three assists for the second time in three games, and Patrick Elias had four points to lead New Jersey past the New York Rangers, 7-3 on Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Oilers baseball to give out scholarshipsGatt holds lead in Yukon QuestMinnesota sweeps Alaska AnchorageRodriguez makes mark with Yankees

Gomez, Elias hook up twice for Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Patrik Elias scored two goals and the New Jersey Devils held Calgary without a shot while killing off a five-minute penalty in a 3-1 win Sunday over the Flames.

Lady Raiders shoot down No. 1 Texas
LUBBOCK, Texas Texas Tech earned its first regular season victory against a top-ranked team, beating No. 1 Texas 62-49 Sunday.

Kings again the top guns out West
TORONTO Peja Stojakovic scored 27 points and Mike Bibby had 21 to lead the Sacramento Kings past the short-handed Toronto Raptors 96-81 Sunday for their sixth win in seven games.

Cronk stars in Wasilla's overtime win at Homer
Chandice Cronk scored all seven of Wasilla's points in overtime to lead the Warriors to a 59-57 Region III/4A victory Friday in Wasilla.

Weir doesn't let Nissan slip away
LOS ANGELES Mike Weir wanted to prove he could win with the lead.

Cook Inlet Academy sweeps Nikolaevsk
Playing boys basketball in District 3/2A is like being a marathoner in Kenya or a downhill skier in Austria. Some of the state's best teams are just another team in District 3/2A.

Weir takes control at Nissan Open
LOS ANGELES Mike Weir tried to turn the Nissan Open into a runaway Saturday, shooting a 5-under 66 for a five-stroke lead and the lowest 54-hole score in tournament history.

Nets win 13th straight game
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Kenyon Martin had 23 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and four blocks, and New Jersey Nets tied the longest winning streak in the NBA this season 13 with a 97-84 victory Saturday over the New Orleans Hornets.

The Next Level
SoHi's Besse gets it done at VanguardSoHi's Williams earns award at Valley City State

Skyview girls keep team title
The Skyview High School girls cross-country ski team, led by three skiers in the top 10 in the overall individual standings, captured its 10th title in the last 13 years at the Region III Cross-Country Skiing Championships hosted by the Panthers Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails.

Grizzlies fall to Bulldogs
The Nikiski Bulldogs did a bit of bear baiting Friday night.

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