Saturday, February 26, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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