Sunday, February 29, 2004

Reporter's notebook from Fort McMurray:
I've been told to approach my visit to the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta, as an adventure. Apparently, I had no idea just what an adventure it would be.

Arctic Winter Games get under way in Canada
In an evening of rambunctious excitement and moving imagery, the 2004 Arctic Winter Games kicked off with a fury Saturday night in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

Study says sedentary lifestyle starts in toddlers
LONDON New research suggests even 3-year-olds aren't getting enough exercise, raising concerns over their weight, future disease risk, psychological well-being, behavior and learning ability.

Americans not smart when it comes to health
ATLANTA Americans still don't seem to get the message. The latest government figures offer more proof that many people are leading unhealthy lifestyles.

Ever-confident Swingley looking for another title
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swingley must be one of the most practical people on the planet.

Forster faces additional charge
A Kenai grand jury Friday indicted David S. Forster, the man accused of killing Kenai Police Officer John Watson, with one count of first-degree tampering with a witness.

Effort to bring daughter home sparks idea
With a daughter in the Air Force, the Peters of Soldotna have a lot in common with other families of enlisted personnel throughout Alaska and the rest the United States like the pride they feel in having a loved one serve their country.

Search for lost Soldotna man suspended Friday
Alaska State Troopers used helicopters and canine units to search for a missing 35-year-old Soldotna man Thursday and Friday after his vehicle was found abandoned on Kenai Keys Road in Sterling.

ACS warns of fraud attempt
ACS has issued an alert via the media to customers about a fraud scheme being reported by many of its customers.

Law enforcement options are focus of Nikiski meeting
Creating a special law enforcement service area may be the answer to stopping a recent spate of burglaries in the Island Lake Road area of Nikiski, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member who represents the northern community.

Michael A. Scalzo
Thirteen-year Ninilchik resident Michael A. Scalzo died unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 51.

Hugo John Osterhaus
Longtime Soldotna resident Hugo John Osterhaus died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, just outside of his home in Soldotna from exposure. He was 65.

Time to enjoy 'extra' day
It only rolls around once every four years, and today is the day: Feb. 29 the extra day that a leap year brings.

As season changes, adventure of lifetime remembered, new dreams call
Although the first day of spring is still officially three weeks away, I've already come down with a major case of "Springer Fever": a rare condition where my heart beats fast, my wanderlust begins to build and I've got an insatiable urge to strap a 40-pound backpack on and head for the backcountry.

Murkowski should not request more funds for his office
Gov. Frank Murkowski and his closest advisers should brace themselves for a firestorm of criticism well deserved criticism, it should be said.

Turnout not all about numbers
WASHINGTON From Iowa on the first night of the campaign season to Utah on the latest, robust turnouts are the rule rather than the exception in the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Gerhauser, Middler marry in Rhode Island
Jacqueline Marie Gerhauser and Rone Marcus Middler of Pawtucket, R.I., were married at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church in Cranston, R.I. Tim Adams officiated.

DJ has personality as big as his voice
It's happened to you. It's happened to all of us. The alarm clock shocks you awake at 6:30 a.m. with the sound of your favorite radio station. It's always a little too loud. Bleary-eyed, you fight the urge to hit the snooze bar a third or fourth time. But you're eventually roused by the preternaturally resonant, booming and obscenely cheery chatter of someone who could stand in as the voice of the Almighty. It's a morning drive time disc jockey, and he's there to get you out of bed and on the road to work. In broadcast lingo, that guy's got one heckuva set of pipes.

Finley, Barthalomew announce engagement
Kate Marie Finley and Joel James Barthalomew plan to be married Sunday, May 23, 2004, in Cozumel, Mexico. They became engaged in November in Boise, Idaho.

Sky offers highlights in March
This month there are four planets dominating the evening sky with a fifth joining them later in the month. In the early evening, look for ultra-bright Venus high in the southwest. Then as evening advances, find Orion in the south with Sirius, the brightest star, to its lower left; Procyon and Castor and Pollux (the twin stars in Gemini) to its upper left; Taurus with reddish Aldebaran and the star cluster Pleiades above it; and Capella in its pentagon of Auriga almost overhead.

Around the Peninsula
Wrestling club begins practiceFish and game advisory to meetGED, computer class slatedLa Leche League plans meetingActive parenting of teens workshop setPeace choir slide show scheduledKids invited to cheer campVillage fair seeking vendors, volunteersHospital auxiliary meeting setSafety day slatedLittle League umpires sought

Dog found long after owner given up for dead at sea
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Labrador retriever has been found alive on an isolated cove of a Southeast Alaska island more than a month after its owner was given up for dead when his boat sank in rough seas.

Family doesn't want to lose pet raccoon
AMARILLO, Texas Jean eats Fritos, likes to swim and really doesn't seem to approve of Holly's smoking habit.

My best friend
Willy, a golden retriever, spends 'quality' time with his owners' grandson, Lucas Zerbe. Willy belongs to Gary and Kathryn Zerbe of Soldotna.

Clam Fritters
This is a great recipe to fill up hungry kids with a healthy snack. I took a basic fritter recipe and added cornmeal for crunch.

Seward boys clamp strong defense on Houston
The Seward boys held Houston scoreless in the first quarter en route to a 55-45 District III/3A win Friday in Seward.

Bruins topple Philadelphia in overtime
BOSTON Glen Murray scored 1:21 into overtime and Andrew Raycroft earned his 22nd win, the most by a Boston rookie in 22 years, to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Moose take two from Kardinals
Both the Palmer boys and girls overcame first-half offensive flaws to knock off host Kenai Friday night in Region III/4A action.

Nikiski cagers split with Houston
The Nikiski and Houston boys battled back and forth for dominance on the basketball court Saturday afternoon for the first three minutes of the game, at least.

Phelps, Habermann set new standard
First is nice. But when the competition is incredible and the focus on good sportsmanship, second or third are great. Especially when they mark new highs for the Kenai Peninsula.

Martin excels, Nets beat Heat
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Kenyon Martin had 18 points, 15 rebounds and an incredible late block, and the New Jersey Nets got back on track after losing for the first time under Lawrence Frank with a 92-86 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Soldotna boys, girls drop games to Palmer
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team did its best to climb out of an early hole Saturday against the visiting Palmer Moose in a Region III/4A game at Soldotna.

Devers makes history
BOSTON Gail Devers always snaps her head forward at the finish line of her races.

Stanford, Saint Joseph's maintain perfect records
STANFORD, Calif. Josh Childress had 29 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks for No. 1 Stanford, which won its school-record 25th straight game Saturday and remained one of the two unbeatens in Division I.

Ninilchik girls take first place at Tok Tournament
The Ninilchik girls high school basketball team survived a stiff challenge from the Skagway Panthers at the Tok tournament Saturday, coming from behind to record a 32-27 win.

Duncan placed on injured list
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tim Duncan was put on the injured list by the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, two days after the two-time NBA MVP injured his leg in a loss to Dallas.

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