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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Even with bum knee, Bonds declines tee
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Barry Bonds took a few swings in the batting cage at the San Francisco Giants' training complex Saturday, facing live pitching earlier than the club expected.

Facing the crowd
Justin Bullock touches up face paint before cheering for the Skyview High School Panthers basketball team during a game Friday night.

All tied up: Fishers have new option in marketing catch
Winston Gillies, a Cook Inlet driftnet fisher, believes he can get a higher price for his salmon than he has in past years. The problem, he said, is he did not have the resources to pursue those options — until this year.

Borough's general fund shrinks
For several years, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has balanced its annual budgets by tapping unspent dollars held in a sizable general fund account.

Kenai Wild salmon has cool new resource
Cook Inlet Salmon Brand Inc., owner of the Kenai Wild brand, signed a contract earlier this month with Canadian based Sunwell Technologies Inc. for two ice-making plants as part of an ongoing effort to increase the quality of Cook Inlet salmon.

George James (Jim) Spracher
Longtime Kenai resident George James (Jim) Spracher died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at his home. He was 81.

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

Betty Jean Walton-McElroy
Soldotna resident Betty Jean Walton-McElroy died unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, at her home in Soldotna. She was 33.

Proposed zoning change in Kenai offers opportunity
The proposal to create a new "limited commercial zone" within the city of Kenai deserves serious consideration.

Voices of the clarion: Healthy pets no accident
Anyone who knows me knows I'm crazy about dogs. Even people who don't know me have a pretty good indication when they step into my house, car or office.

Around the Peninsula
CPHC to meet Relay for Life meeting set Gaming club seeking members Coal bed methane workshop set Caregiver workshop set

Koecher, Weinert announce engagement
Farrah Renee Koecher and Adam Weinert have an-nounced their plans to marry Saturday, May 28, 2005, in Portland, Ore.

Winning breed: Family helps drive Seavey's dog mushing success
When Mitch Seavey won the 2004 Iditarod he knew things were going to be different.

The sky guy: Planet views abound in March
The diagram depicts the sky around 10 p.m. early in the month and 8 to 9 p.m. in the middle of March, which is actually only one hour after sunset. Toward the end of the month more of the now-eastern constellations will be visible and fewer of the western. I also outlined a few prominent constellations and labeled them with three letter abbreviations as well as the brightest stars with a capital letter. Throughout the text and the diagram, look for some special objects visible with binoculars (the darker your observing site, the better), labeled with lower-case letters.

Company cat a valued employee
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Sampson nestled in Randy Cooper's arms and purred with contentment.

My best friend
Brooke Hughes of Soldotna poses with guinea pigs Slingshot and Licorice. Brooke and Teslia Hughes got in the Iditarod spirit with their pets.

Owner finds emu after year on the lam
MOXEE, Wash. (AP) — Emma the pet emu is home again after nearly a year on the lam, and owner Diana Parker could hardly be happier.

Wasilla's defense too much for SoHi
The Wasilla girls and boys basketball teams used steady defense to sweep Soldotna Friday in a pair of Northern Lights Conference matchups.

Skyview boys nip Homer
The Skyview High School boys basketball team picked up a big Northern Lights Conference win over Homer Friday in its final home game of the season while the Homer girls spoiled the Skyview girls' senior night with a runaway victory.

Area skiers get mixed bag at state
The Nordic ski season ended on an unexpected note for Kenai Peninsula high-school teams. The Alaska School Activities Association State Cross-Country Ski Championships, which ended Saturday in Fairbanks, were full of surprises, and not all of them were pleasant.

Grace Christian girls hand Nikiski its first conference loss
Katelyn Perry had 22 points and Anna Harvard added 20 as Grace Christian knocked off the No. 3-ranked Nikiski girls 52-49 Friday in Southcentral Conference play in Anchorage.

Toms, DiMarco reach finals of Match Play event
CARLSBAD, Calif. — David Toms hit one spectacular shot after another to pull away from Ian Poulter on Saturday and advance to the final of the Match Play Championship.

Wasilla sweeps Kenai
After a pair of exciting Northern Lights Conference wins — including a triple-overtime thriller in the boys game — Friday night against Kodiak, the Kenai Central High school basketball teams were swept by a pair of tough Wasilla teams in NLC competition Saturday at Kenai.

Washington moves closer to rare Pac-10 title
SEATTLE — Tre Simmons scored 24 points, and No. 14 Washington moved one step closer to its first Pac-10 title in 20 years with a 93-85 win over No. 9 Arizona.

Webber loses to old team
PHILADELPHIA — Chris Webber failed to convert a last-second layup after grabbing an offensive rebound off an intentionally missed free throw, spoiling his debut for the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night in a 101-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

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