Saturday, March 5, 2005

Yanks' Giambi begins comeback
On the first day of baseball's new era of drug testing, Jason Giambi began his comeback from a season wrecked by injury and an offseason marred by steroid controversy.

Dog sledding moves south of Mason-Dixon line
DEER PARK, Md. — Dog sledding has moved south.

Poisoning planned to rid lake of pike
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State wildlife officials plan a second attempt in 2007 to poison a Sierra Nevada lake to eradicate voracious nonnative northern pike before the fish can invade other state waters.

Hiking group offers fitness, friendship
JUNEAU — Skis on their feet and poles in their hands, they are ready to brave wind, snow and rain.

Big bear a bad fit for hunter's home
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. — There he was, bigger than Osama bin Laden, almost as scary, and moving fast.

Hunting groups work to keep youth involved
SMITHFIELD, Utah — It's hard to miss the romance in Bruce Schoniger's description of his first time in the wilderness — the warm crackle of the campfire, the smells of frying bacon and meat roasting, and of course, the excitement of the kill.

Outdoors woman workshop a success thanks to businesses
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently hosted a Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop at Solid Rock Bible Camp in Soldotna. The three-day workshop was attended by 120 participants, which included classes taught by over 50 volunteer instructors from Soldotna, Anchorage and Fairbanks. Many thanks to all the volunteers who put in long hours preparing information and teaching classes.

Many to thank for writers night, all who helped were out of sight
Eighth annual Nights, area writers have shone

In the cold: Let there be ice!
Dogged determination, sweat equity and the generous donations of corporations, foundations, local business and hockey enthusiasts are making a dream come true in Homer.

Rally aims to protect funding
Three dozen central Kenai Peninsula friends of developmentally disabled people rallied near Soldotna City Hall on Wednesday afternoon calling for the state to forestall budget cuts that would adversely affect agencies that help the disabled.

Driver leads police on chase through Kenai
While most Kenai residents were still asleep Thursday morning, Kenai police were busy chasing a reckless driver through town after he narrowly missed colliding with a police car.

Kenai OKs new zone
A newly created zone in the city of Kenai is designed to bridge the gap between the city's residential and commercial areas.

Peter Marvin Bush
Kenai resident Peter Marvin Bush died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at home surrounded by his family after a gallant and long fight with cancer. He was 65.

Richard W. Smith
Former Alaska resident Richard W. Smith died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at Sheridan Manor in Sheridan, Wyo. He was 87.

Daniel Francis Murphy
Soldotna resident Daniel Francis Murphy died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at his home. He was 64.

Economic development up to all of us
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

Western writer finds literary fame in the outdoors
ALBANY, N.Y. — She was a New Jersey girl who went west in the '80s and associated with hunters, whitewater guides, cowboys and the like. People mentioned her in the same breath as Hemingway after her first collection of stories came out, and she rode that pony some distance.

Ecologist will use computer maps to track refuge landscape and wildlife
We were on a ferry christened with the same name as the largest lake on the Kenai Peninsula: The Tustumena. A crew member had told us that the seas can be a bit "chippy" crossing the Gulf of Alaska. My wife had spent 6 weeks living and working on a 125 ft sailboat, so she knew what she was in for. I had never been on the open ocean. I thought, "How bad could it be?"

Around the Peninsula
Deadline for HEA nominations todayGrandparent support group to meetRestorative justice to be discussedDance concert setBoot camp slatedAWG to host auction fund-raiserHistorical society to meetBirding club to meet

Religious group called a gang by state of Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state is seeking to overturn a 1974 federal court ruling that gave formal religious status to a prison group that officials say is nothing more than a front for a white-supremacist group.

Church Briefs
Drama troupe formingMOMS to meetBible study group to meetChurch production slatedClothes 2 Go openClothing available

Teaching by example, best way to lead children
Titus is one of those people I can truly identify with. He was a pastor, young in the ministry and left to shepherd the believers on the island of Crete.

Agassi to return to Davis Cup
CARSON, Calif. — When he was just an impressionable teenager, Andy Roddick was thrilled with his duty as a Davis Cup practice partner for Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.

Shaq's return helps Heat to win vs. Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Shaquille O'Neal returned from a three-game absence and had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade led a third-quarter surge that sent the Miami Heat past the New Jersey Nets 106-90 Thursday night.

NFC urgency marks free agency in NFL
NFC teams were busy trying to catch up with the Philadelphia Eagles on the second day of free agency.

Lefty holds lead at Doral
MIAMI — Phil Mickelson started making birdies and figured he better not stop, not with so many world-class players taking aim on a Blue Monster that lost its bite Thursday in the Ford Championship at Doral.

NHL gets $3 billion offer for entire league
BOSTON — Two Boston companies have offered NHL owners a way out of their labor woes: Sell the entire league — pucks, Penguins and penalty boxes — for more than $3 billion.

Schumacher waits for new Ferrari
MELBOURNE, Australia — Michael Schumacher must wait for a new Ferrari, a delay that will hardly distress rivals looking for some way to beat the driver who ruled Formula One last season.

Cook Inlet senior now has love for basketball
In the Cook Inlet Academy girls high school basketball team's game against Ninilchik Tuesday, Alyse Bell scored 13 points from her point guard position as her Eagles nearly picked off the the defending state champion Wolverines.

Louisville gets share of Conference USA title
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Larry O'Bannon scored a career-high 33 points — 26 in the first half — and No. 9 Louisville clinched a share of the Conference USA regular-season title with a 94-82 victory over No. 18 Charlotte on Thursday night.

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