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Sunday, March 6, 2005

Selig: Baseball rid of steroids
MESA, Ariz. — The number of positive tests for steroids in major league baseball dropped to between 1 to 2 percent last season, commissioner Bud Selig said Saturday, and he predicted the virtual elimination of the drug from the sport this year.

Meet the mushers: It takes all kinds to run the Iditarod
Aside from wild moose trying to stomp the dogs and the risks of plunging into the icy ocean or river in inky darkness, the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a jaunt in a park.

Buser looking for No. 5
ANCHORAGE — Fearless, foolhardy or just plain stubborn, four-time champion Martin Buser cheerfully started the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, a few days after the middle finger of his right hand was amputated above the second joint.

Peninsula veneer plant proposed
Rick Smeriglio remembers his first ferry ride to Alaska years ago and how he instantly fell in love with the forest.

Volunteers wanted for Special Olympics
The Alaska Special Olympics Winter Games in Anchorage aren't until March 11, 2006, but the organization's new director says the time has come to recruit volunteers and coaches to help make the event successful for the Kenai Peninsula.

Borough gives exemptions second look
Tightening budgets have the Kenai Peninsula Borough turning over every stone looking for new revenues, including now a proposal to cap the unlimited property tax exemption enjoyed by senior citizens and disabled veterans and their qualifying surviving spouses.

Getting into position
Traffic passes along the Kenai River bridge in Soldotna on Friday evening at dusk as construction equipment sits ready to install a temporary bridge that will be used during construction of a new structure this summer.

Geraldine 'Geri' Boye
Longtime Nikiski resident Geraldine "Geri" Boye died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at her home from cancer. She was 87.

Driving should not be done in concert with other activities
It's a sad day when what should be common sense has to be written into law.

Iditarod: Just the facts
It's Iditarod time again, and many Alaskans enthusiastically took part in Saturday's ceremonial start and today's official restart.

Good luck, mushers
Nothing captures the spirit and mystique of Alaska like the Iditarod Sled Dog Race — the last great race on Earth.

Around the Peninsula
Dinner fund-raiser set MS support group meeting slated Parent organization to discuss gangs Relay for Life planning meeting set Family dog class offered Running club forming

Backpack overhaul
Backpacks are as varied and unique as the people who carry them. There are slick designs for snowboarders, practical forms for hunters and hikers and backpacks emblazoned with Powder Puff girls, boy bands and brand-name logos.

Take trauma out of trimming
Although some owners may not want to say the words too loud, nail trimming is part of routine health care.

Hanging on: Kenai boys, Skyview girls pull out victories
Last-gasp comeback at-tempts came up short in both the girls and boys varsity basketball games Friday at Kenai Central High School, as the Skyview girls and Kenai Central boys picked up Northern Lights Conference victories.

Wizards nip Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Laron Profit tipped in Juan Dixon's miss with 3.1 seconds to play to give the Washington Wizards an 86-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.

Homer girls, SoHi boys post wins
The Soldotna High School boys and Homer High girls picked up big Northern Lights Conference victories Friday at Soldotna High School. The Soldotna boys entered the fourth quarter with a nine-point lead and withstood a Homer rally to win 57-50.

Connecticut downs Syracuse, claims share of Big East
STORRS, Conn. — Denham Brown scored 21 points and No. 15 Connecticut beat No. 13 Syracuse 88-70 on Saturday to earn a share of the Big East regular season championship, the Huskies' record ninth conference title.

NHL players fill ECHL rosters
JACKSON, Miss. — With the NHL's season wiped out, Bates Battaglia went back to the bush leagues.

CIA boys finish with undefeated season
The Cook Inlet Academy Eagles high school basketball teams put a close to their regular season with games against Lumen Christi on Friday and a boys game with Seldovia on Saturday, marking the last contest before the Peninsula Conference basketball tournament next week.

Bulldogs split with ACS
Nikiski coasted to a 49-24 Southcentral Conference win against host ACS Saturday at Anchorage Christian School.

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