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Monday, March 7, 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.

NOW PLAYING: Be Cool
Be Cool is one of those movies that is trying desperately to be exactly that: cool. Unfortunately, the weight of all that cool rests squarely on the rather shaky premise that the movie-going public has been clamoring for a sequel to 1995s hit comedy Get Shorty. Now, in 1996, maybe even 1997, a sequel to Get Shorty might have played to grateful audiences, but now, ten movie-filled years later?

Community response helps tsunami victims
I would like to thank the many people who helped with the community response to the earthquake and tsunami in South Asia. Thanks to Mrs. Susan Wheeler for donating a quilt, won by Mrs. Mary Decker, and the contribution to Hospice of the Kenai Peninsula that resulted from the ticket sales.

Efforts on ski trails much appreciated
You might be hoping for an early spring, so don't wait another day — go ski. The Tsalteshi Trails near Skyview High School have recently been so well maintained that they are providing some of the best skiing of the year. Some terms I've heard in the last couple of days from users are "cosmic," "cowabunga," "nothing but net" and "priceless."

Bed tax a good idea for peninsula residents
Last Tuesday night I attended the (Kenai Peninsula) Borough Assembly meeting as I have been doing for some time. I have not seen Don Johnson there at any time and especially the other night to testify and learn about the bed tax.

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.

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.

Slim pickings
As winter nears its end, it's hard not to notice the large population of hungry moose wandering through the streets and neighborhoods in search of a bite to eat.

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.

Seniors move closer to new home
Years of planning and negotiations have paid off for a determined group of Cooper Landing seniors who on Tuesday acquired access to land on which they plan to build a senior services campus.

Offices work off each other
In an economic development forum at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Jack Brown, business development manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Community and Economic Division, and John Parker, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, said each of their offices each serve a distinct purpose in spurring economic development in the borough.

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.

Stanley H. Woster
Kenai resident Stanley H. Woster died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Ella D. (Eldy) Covich
Kenai resident Ella D. "Eldy" Covich died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

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

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.

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.

Capitol smoking, drinking privileges should be banned
The special privileges that legislators allow themselves on drinking and smoking in the Capitol building are remnants of a time gone by and should be abolished.

Club News
Soccer registration continues Little league begins registration Rogers benefit dinner planned Relay for Life planning meeting set PTSA to discuss gangs Teen dance slated

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

Community Events
Library plans March events PSDRA plans fund-raiser race SeaLife center to celebrate Deadline for car bids today Respite services available

Peninsula People
Area students honored Oelrichs called to serve Porter promoted

Around the Peninsula
Pet photos wanted Snow removal reminder Soldotna chamber to meet PFLAG to meet Hospice to hold fund-raiser Applications for visitor services available Caregiver workshop set

Births
Cyndy and Robert Gagnon of Soldotna announce the birth of... Wendy and Mark Winans of Soldotna announce the birth of...

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.

Singin'in the snow
WILLOW — The tough part is over. That's how Rachael Scdoris felt at the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. All the years of training, all the cajoling and qualifying to get to this point were done. Now it was time to run.

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.

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

McHale wins homecoming
BOSTON — Latrell Sprewell made a runner with 0.9 seconds remaining to give Kevin McHale a victory in his first game on the sidelines in Boston.

Tiger back on top
MIAMI — Tiger Woods turned in a performance worthy of his return to No. 1.

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.

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.

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.

Madness
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State reserve forward Matt Sylvester hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left on Sunday to hand No. 1 Illini its first loss, 65-64.

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