Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Nolan Ryan to rejoin Astros as adviser
KISSIMMEE, Fla. The Astros keep adding famous pitchers.

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.

Federal probe casts shadow as players report to spring training
Jason Giambi looks as if he's gone on the BALCO diet. That's the diet where a player's been so scared by links to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative's alleged steroid distribution ring, and baseball's new drug testing, that he slims down from a muscle monster to a human being.

Health checks keep tabs on dogs
Just as professional athletes undergo thorough physical examinations before the season begins, so, too, do the 1,400-plus dogs running the Iditarod receive complete prerace veterinary exams.

Iditarod dogs getting another kind of workout
With the Iditarod Sled Dog Race a little more than a week away, Kenai Peninsula mushers are in the final stages of meeting the prerace requirements and making any last-minute preparations before the race.

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.

Judges, lawyers should be held accountable for those they free
Our revolving door policies for criminals and lawbreakers displayed by the liberal judicial system are very hard to understand. I continue to see a large number of dismissals published in the paper and certainly hope these people without licenses and most likely without insurance crash with the judges and lawyers responsible for these dismissals.

Caring adults help kids have fun, learn skill, experience teamwork
The Boys and Girls Club Third-Fourth Grade Basketball League, with 21 teams and more than 200 kids involved, just wrapped up yet another fun-filled, action-packed season.

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.

Dog owner would like Buffy's collar returned
To the person that hit and killed my little schnauzer, Buffy, on Fourth Avenue in Kenai at approximately 7 p.m. Feb. 10:

Employment tax one small step toward solving state's budget gap
Legislators should pass Senate Bill 137, the Education (Employment) Tax. I am tired of the debate of sales vs. income tax. I am even more tired of people telling the Legislature to fix the fiscal problem but not having the courage to offer a solution.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Borough investment pays off
An investment portfolio worth $75 million on Aug. 1 turned a profit of $1.3 million by Dec. 31, according to a report by the investment firm that now manages a portion of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's money.

KRSMA to take different angle on issues
The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board has approved a tentative plan to revisit the issue of Kenai River guide limitations in a more thorough and comprehensive public process than has ever been undertaken.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New tools needed for predator control
Nothing is more frustrating than facing a job knowing you lack the proper tools. Any do-it-yourselfer can relate to that. Oh, sure, the job might get done, but it will be a struggle getting there, it will take longer than it should and, probably, it will cost more than it should.

Around the Peninsula
Mass band to preform todayKPC to hold blood driveFish and Game committee meeting setGreco to speak at Solid RockSwim coaches neededWolf to hold town hall meetingScorekeepers clinic slatedPreschool to hold fund-raiser

Births
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 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

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.

Peninsula People
Area students honored for academicsLytle to tour West Coast

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?

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.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Elderly drivers more prone to crashes, more likely to die from them, study finds
WASHINGTON Drivers over 65 are more likely to get into crashes because of declining perception and motor skills, but the biggest risk is to themselves, not others on the highway, says a study based on nearly 4 million traffic accidents.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

The future of the NFL?
The future of the NFL arrived overweight and unprepared.

Ninilchik splits with Unalaska
The Ninilchik High School basketball teams split a Monday meeting with Unalaska in District 3/2A games at Ninilchik School.

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.

Habs' Theodore snaps skid
NEW YORK Jose Theodore made 31 saves to snap his five-game losing streak, and Saku Koivu had a goal and two assists, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers 4-1 Monday night.

Cavaliers rally to beat Hornets 104-100
CLEVELAND In four days, they've beaten the defending NBA champions, won at Madison Square Garden and rallied from 25 points down for a victory.

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.

Colts give Manning franchise tag
Unable to reach a long-term deal with Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts designated the NFL's co-MVP their franchise player Monday.

Skyview's Geller can dish it out or take it a shot, that is
The Skyview High School boys basketball team got one big monkey off its back Saturday, defeating Wasilla 54-52 for its first win over a Mat-Su team in five years.

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

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.

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.

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