Sunday, March 7, 2004

Arctic Winter Games end after long, eventful week
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada The 2004 Arctic Winter Games officially came to an end Saturday night in a wistful closing ceremony in Fort McMurray's temporary ATCO Plaza. Excited but tired, the athletes, volunteers and spectators at the Games gathered to say farewell to new friends and a week of athletic and cultural competitions until the 2006 Games on the Kenai Peninsula.

Reporter's Notebook from Fort McMurray
After two weeks at the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, I definitely feel I've gleaned not only a better understanding of the purpose and pride of the Games, but also a new insight into the world around me.

Thome has broken right middle finger
Jim Thome will probably miss the rest of spring training after X-rays Saturday confirmed the Philadelphia slugger had broken his right middle finger during a fielding drill. Thome, who led the National League with 47 home runs last season in his first year with the Phillies, was hurt Friday. After tests showed the break, he headed back to Philadelphia to be examined by a specialist.

Record field set to race Iditarod
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Sled dog racing fans crowded downtown Anchorage to get autographs and photos of their favorite mushers competing in the 2004 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday.

One last heroic act: Father saves son before dying on lake ice
As friends and family gathered at the Doxsee home in the Kenai Woodland Estates subdivision Friday to finalize memorial service arrangements for Adrien Doxsee, they still wondered exactly what happened out on Skilak Lake late Monday night that took the life of the 55-year-old husband and father.

Operations not illegal, KRSA says
Facing allegations from community members and a Kenai legislator that it improperly uses gaming revenues to influence fishing regulations, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association struck back last month, saying there's nothing unethical or illegal about the way it conducts business.

Sheri Fain
Soldotna resident Sheri Fain died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna unexpectedly. She was 23.

Kenneth Marquis
Kenai resident Kenneth Marquis died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 55.

Big question: Does U.S. want a change?
WASHINGTON In John Kerry's world, President Bush is a job-killing, gay-bashing, special interest pawn. To the president, Kerry is a tax-raising, flip-flopping liberal who is soft on terrorism and hard on the U.S. military.

Lots of hard work ahead, but Games will be worth effort
"Winter in the arctic is cold and dark. The spirit of the Arctic Winter Games brings light to our part of the world. Our nations are all connected under the same sky. We are the people of the dancing light, where we reach for the stars and beyond."

Ignore those nasty scandals, America's pastime still enchants die-hard fans
It's miserably wet outside after raining all night and morning. Southcentral Alaska is weathering a rather improbable early March warm spell that has a winter's accumulation of snow taking a powder.

Boy scouts brave the cold for Freezeree fun
The sweet smell of smoke engulfed Colin Dudley as he fanned the flames of a campfire under the watchful eyes of Michael Eskue, Beau Sisson and Robbie Anderson the other boys that make up Boy Scout Troop 1616, Eagles Patrol.

Sutton, Ruffridge plan June wedding
Jessie Sutton and Justin Ruffridge have announced their plans to marry at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Kenai. Pastor Ray Boutwell will officiate.

Change comes to Algarve, Portugal
SAGRES, Portugal It wasn't what we'd expected.

America's newest ski resort looking for its corner of the market
BIG SKY, Mont. Just past the shadow of Big Sky Resort, up the road about two miles, is a ski destination trying to find its niche.

Exhibit marks trek as start of exploration in the West
TACOMA, Wash. The Corps of Discovery led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark was only the beginning of U.S. Army exploration in the uncharted West.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meetKCHS after prom meeting plannedFish and Game committee to meetPFLAG to meetSkyview bands to hold concertWriters' Night dinner theater plannedScorekeepers clinic slated

My best friend
Chia looks longingly inside after getting too muddy during a walk on the beach to come in without a bath. She belongs to Nancy and Larry Daly of Soldotna.

Puppy's power: Curbing chewing
Few things can be more disheartening than coming home after a long day at work to find your entire house in disarray as a result of a puppy with a destructive chewing habit. For those who haven't had this misfortune consider yourselves lucky.

Firefighters fight to save station dog
TOPEKA, Kan. Smokey was small enough to fit in the palms of an adult's hands when a woman found him in a dumpster eight years ago. The tiny Dalmatian quickly grew to be a perfect fit in the front seat of a fire truck. Smokey was adopted by Topeka firefighter Jim Seichepine and has accompanied him to work every day since he was rescued. Now, firefighters are trying to save Smokey again.

Homer girls sweep Kodiak series
The host Homer girls completed a weekend sweep of Kodiak Saturday, notching a 52-32 nonconference victory.

Skyview boys take Southern Division
The Skyview High School boys and girls basketball teams netted a sweep of Soldotna Saturday in Region III/4A play, but both games did offer fans the opportunity to use all of their available seat in the Soldotna gym.

Devils get back on track by blowing past Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. John Madden had a goal and an assist, and Martin Brodeur made 25 saves to help the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Saturday night.

Seward girls wrap up No. 1 seed
For a half, the Nikiski High School girls basketball team was right with the Seward Seahawks, District 3/3A's top team.

Sore shoulder sidelines Bryant again
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Kobe Bryant could be sidelined up to a month with a sprained right shoulder, the same injury that kept the Lakers' star guard out for six games two months ago.

Ninilchik girls, CIA boys keep on winning
The Ninilchik girls and Cook Inlet Academy boys, two of the top Class 2A teams in the state, both picked up victories Friday in District 3/2A contests at Cook Inlet Academy.

Odom's triple-double helps Heat beat Kings
MIAMI Lamar Odom earned the first triple-double by a Miami Heat player in nine years with 30 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists to help beat the Sacramento Kings 102-96 Saturday.

Kenai girls, SoHi boys notch victories
The Kenai girls played three quarters of solid basketball Friday night. It was the fourth that nearly cost them.

Sports Briefs
Woods running out of time to make chargeLebedeva, Isinbayeva break world recordsAlaska Fairbanks tops Alaska AnchorageHarvick wins wild Las Vegas race

Tait joins Bears, Barton to Jets
John Tait, a fixture on one of the NFL's best offensive lines in Kansas City, signed an offer sheet with the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

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