Friday, February 25, 2005

Schilling pitches off mound for first time since surgery
Curt Schilling's manager was encouraged, but the perfectionist pitcher was less than thrilled Thursday after throwing off a mound for the first time since winning Game 2 of the World Series.

Red Sox will get championship rings while Yankees are at Fenway
The Boston Red Sox will ring in the home portion of their schedule by getting their World Series rings at their home opener April 11 before a full house of 35,000 fans — and the New York Yankees.

The sky's the limit
The co-owner of Natron Air along with his wife, Janet Pope, is about to purchase this new airplane to increase the amount of passengers he can carry in one load making it easier to service Anchorage and many of the fishing and hunting lodges in the area.

Northern Dynasty to purchase Teck Cominco's Pebble interest
Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. announced Wednesday that the company would purchase the residual 50-percent working interest in the Pebble project's Exploration Lands held by Teck Cominco American Inc.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedule Nonprofit workshops to be held Roberts honored

Mackey leads Quest field into home stretch
Kasilof musher Lance Mackey and his team were the first to pull into the Angel Creek checkpoint Wednesday night, just 100 miles from the finish of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race between Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and Fairbanks.

Bison hunt is a step back into Alaska's history
JUNEAU — The three bison were all big, but one shaggy bull dusted with snow stood out. Hunter Travis Smith, 14, knelt and rested the heavy octagon barrel of his buffalo rifle on a shooting stick, then took aim at a 1,200-pound Alaska buffalo.

Art Briefs
Student art classes slated Kenai Juried Art Exhibit nears Tile-making workshop slated Students invited to enter contest Money available for artists Homer concert series seeks musicians Concert on the Lawn looking for acts

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

From the bookshelf
Alaska contains the largest mountains in North America, so it is no surprise that a comprehensive history of the continent's mountaineering has much to say about our state.

Feeling blue: NYPD Blue TV show wraps up after 12 years
LOS ANGELES — Sure, the nudity was startling. But the proof that ''NYPD Blue'' would be a bold and unsettling new force on TV was police Detective Andy Sipowicz's snarled insult.

Feel free: Artists share show, interest in organic forms
One prefers graphite and watercolor work and moved to Alaska in 1972, another has a degree in painting and came to the Kenai Peninsula in 2002, and the third spent six years in Guam before putting her degrees in art education and ceramics to use teaching at Soldotna Middle School.

Walleyball provides fun, healthy activity
I want to express my thanks to the Boys and Girls Club; particularly to Lisa Diorec, Kase McClure and Taryn Reese for organizing the Walleyball Valentine's Tournament last Saturday, as they have done for the past eight years, and to the sponsor Coca Cola.

Letter questions writer's oil-gas facts
After reading "Remember, oil and gas resources belong to Alaska," (James Price, Feb. 15), I found myself somewhat disheartened by his lack of true facts. First off, Mr. Price claims BP made $16 billion in fourth quarter profits for 2004. If you researched your information correctly, Mr. Price, you would see that BP's fourth-quarter profits were actually $2.53 billion, worldwide, I might add.

Donation helps council help others
The Salamatof Tribal Council would like to thank First National Bank Alaska for its generous contribution of $5,000 to our "Home to School" tutor program. This donation supports our community by providing educational support via our tutoring program to Kalifornsky Beach Elementary, Sears Elementary, Kenai Middle School and part-time tutors at Nikiski North Star, Tebughna and Kenaitze Head Start.

Gordon reflects back on career after Daytona win
Jeff Gordon won his third Daytona 500 last Sunday, and he hopes to turn that into his fifth NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship.

This Week's Race Auto Club 500
Where: California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

NASCAR moves qualifying to Saturday to save money, time
FONTANA, Calif. — Kyle Petty the car owner was glad to get NASCAR's help against Kyle Petty the driver.

Green Flag
New spoiler rules may spoil California race Lepage on roll with high Daytona finish Daytona 500 ties TV ratings record

Lost snowmachiner rescued near Seward
A 31-year-old Anchorage snowmachiner was rescued Monday evening after spending five hours lost in the vicinity of Lost Lake near Seward.

Students remain top priority
As federal mandates flourish and federal funding for education fizzles, it becomes increasingly critical for states and local governments to pick up the load. Board members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District went to Juneau this month to lobby for much-needed finances.

Kenai Peninsula seniors take Olympics to a new level
Kenai Peninsula residents in their "golden years" are getting a chance to get a gold medal this weekend during the second annual Senior Olympic Games.

Pen Air visits Kenai for future reference
Responding to concern over Era Aviation's future serving the Kenai Peninsula, representatives from Pen Air, a regional carrier serving Bristol Bay and the Aleutian Islands, visited Kenai Municipal Airport on Tuesday to consider starting scheduled air service between the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage.

GTL plant not done yet; more tests on tap
The $86 million experimental Gas-to-Liquids Plant in Nikiski will fire up again later this year and conduct additional testing on aspects of the process, a BP official said Tuesday.

Council tackles commercial zone
Kenai City Council members can be forgiven for "zoning out" at their next meeting.

Coastal program could drown in debate
Gov. Frank Murkowski has warned the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the state will let the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP) expire this summer unless the federal agency backs off recent demands that the state expand the program's regulatory authority over use of coastal areas.

John Snyder sends soft snow from his driveway on its way Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for cloudy skies through the weekend with highs in the mid-30s — just enough to keep the snow soft.

Robert E. Bob Lee
Longtime Kenai resident Robert E. "Bob" Lee died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 72.

A.T. Jack Cooper
Former Alaska resident A.T. "Jack" Cooper died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005. He was 82.

Punishment should fit the financial crime
When should being a dishonest crook make you a felon?

Legislators should reform Alaska's retirement system
Watching legislators discuss the problems in the state-run employee retirement system is enough to put people to sleep, yet the financial mess confronting the system that serves so many Alaska governments and entities should be enough to keep everyone awake.

College course gives basics on weathering cold
CODY, Wyo. — David and Anna Sibbett brought two tarps and three blankets to their Absaroka Mountain slumber party.

A forest detective mystery: Why doesn't it grow here?
As a forest detective, I often spend my time investigating why specific things happen on the landscape, such as a spruce bark beetle outbreak, a particular fire, the drying of a wetland, or the presence of a plant in an atypical habitat, such as treeline-specialist mountain hemlocks on the Kenai lowland. These are interesting puzzles, and they at least generate lively dsicussions, if not definitive answers.

Around the Peninsula
Blood drive slatedKPFA meeting setHome building workshop setDog races slatedBed and breakfast group to meetWinter fun day setFood bank plans eventsKPBSD honor band concert scheduled

Around the Peninsula
CPGH to hold board meeting ICAN to meet KCHS after-prom meeting set Senior Olympics planned RCAC to meet Musical scheduled Dance concert set

Salvation is about who, not what we know
The gatekeeper asked again, "Who are you?"

Church briefs
Youth seeking funds for hungryPoetry contest slatedMOMS to meetBible study group to meetClothes 2 Go openClothing availableAddictions groups to meetPNTC changes meeting placeChurch production slatedWeekly jam session set

Icy-soft: Spring ski conditions prevail
Spring conditions continue to prevail on cross-country ski trails across the Kenai Peninsula.

Skiers get great snow, bad bug
Kenai Peninsula high-school Nordic skiers had a mixed day Thursday at the start of the Alaska School Activities Association State Cross-Country Ski Championships in Fairbanks.

Skiers make tracks for Fairbanks
The bad news for Kenai Peninsula high school cross-country ski teams is that due to a lack of snow in Anchorage two weeks ago, the state championship meet was moved to the Birch Hill Recreation Area in Fairbanks, where it has been held for the last three seasons.

Unbeaten Illinois thumps Northwestern
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Dee Brown scored 20 points, 18 on 3-pointers, to lead top-ranked and unbeaten Illinois to an 84-48 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night that clinched a share of the Big Ten title for the Illini.

Sooner or later, Bonds will have to answer
Barry Bonds talks a game every bit as good as the one he plays, and that's really saying something. For 37 minutes during a televised news conference Tuesday, the San Francisco slugger talked about truth, justice, race, threats to the public health, the working man, jealousy, envy and fairness, pausing at one point to insist ''Don't edit this, make it live.''

ACS girls topple Cook Inlet
The Cook Inlet Academy girls high school basketball team put together a solid game against Anchorage Christian Schools Thursday, but the visiting Lions pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 39-30 nonconference win at CIA's Memorial Gymnasium.

Cavaliers pin loss on Bulls
CLEVELAND — Zydrunas Ilgauskas and LeBron James scored 41 of Cleveland's 57 points in the second half, and the Cavaliers returned from the All-Star break with a 100-91 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

Kings deal Webber to 76ers
The Sacramento Kings traded Chris Webber to the Philadelphia 76ers late Wednesday night, parting ways with the cornerstone of their renaissance in a six-player deal that dramatically reshaped both teams.

After two steps back, Clarett finally takes one step ahead
He hasn't been tackled since the spring of 2003. That's not to say that Maurice Clarett hasn't absorbed more than his fair share of knocks since. If anything, the opposite is true. He's lost time, millions of dollars and a reputation. About the only thing Clarett dodged, at least until Thursday, was responsibility for any of it.

No. 10 Spartans finally solve No. 20 Wisconsin
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Alan Anderson scored a career-high 28 points on a perfect shooting night to lead No. 10 Michigan State to a 77-64 win over No. 20 Wisconsin on Thursday.

Hall's cap charge looks too costly for Atlanta
INDIANAPOLIS — Falcons president and general manager Rich McKay refused to comment on Travis Hall's future Thursday, but all indications are that he has just one means of returning for his 11th season.

Knicks come back to topple Sixers
NEW YORK — Kurt Thomas celebrated the passing of another uneventful trading deadline — at least for him — by scoring 21 points on 10-for-11 shooting to lead the New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers 113-101 Thursday night.

Trade deadline spurs multiple big moves
The weakest division in the NBA suddenly looks a little stronger, with Antoine Walker back on the Celtics and Chris Webber in Philadelphia.

Cream rises in the slop
CARLSBAD, Calif. — The Match Play Championship finally got under way on a golf course still underwater.

Wildlife officer says he's protecting resources
JUNEAU — Todd Machacek said he has hunted bear — ''of course'' — black and brown. He's hunted moose. ''I've hunted everything,'' he said. ''I'm an outdoorsman.''

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