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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Gebhardt's Iditarod marked by highs, lows
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has featured extreme highs and lows for Kasilof musher Paul Gebhardt thus far.

Sorlie gets to Eagle Island first
''We just went 14 hours nonstop,'' the 47-year-old Norwegian said as he pushed past a small group of greeters and parked his 15 dogs at the checkpoint 420 miles from the Nome finish line. Some of the animals were surprisingly frisky, yipping and jumping in place, despite a trail Sorlie described as soft.

Soldotna seeks to restrict adult businesses
An Anchorage business person eying Soldotna as a possible location for an adult book and toy store has the city of Soldotna considering restrictions on this type of business.

Action! Footage of '30s hunting trip shown in Kasilof
The Kasilof Regional Historical Association treated more than 60 community members to a blast from the past Thursday evening by showing the film "Hunting on the Kenai" at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Kasilof.

Kenai River guides face regulations
Kenai River Working Group members on Thursday agreed on a nine-point plan to increase requirements for Kenai River sport fishing guides.

Property owners take issue with value reassessments
The Kenai Peninsula Borough assessor's office has received about 450 inquiries in response to property reassessments mailed out March 1. "We have two appraisal technicians in the field doing reinspections, and we've already processed 300 of those properties," said Shane Horan, borough assessor.

In fair health
Above, Sarah Priggee gives Brian Chase a massage Saturday morning at a booth sponsored by Karlene's Acupuncture and Day Spa at the 10th annual Village Fair at Soldotna High School. The event offered health tests and information stands from more than 100 businesses and agencies. At right, Barbara Maynard surrenders a pint of blood to Jen Simpson of the Kenai Peninsula Blood Bank. The organization received a steady supply of donations during the six-hour event.

Peninsula plants would be step in right direction
More possible good news is on the horizon for the Kenai Peninsula — and it couldn't come at a better time.

Voices of the Clarion: It's logic versus looks
The house I live in with my wife and daughter sits on the slope overlooking downtown Homer and Kachemak Bay. Folks around here say the neighborhood has "the million-dollar view."

Kimbrell , Whitney announce engagement
Sarah Naomi Kimbrell and Eric Paul Whitney of Soldotna plan to be married in November on a beach at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Around the Peninsula
Rogers benefit dinner today Crafters, artists sought Relay for Life planning meeting set Genealogical society to meet Family dog class offered Corned beef dinner planned Autism support group to meet

My best friend
Lupi, an American tabby cat, has never met a lap she didn't like and her friend Sophie, a 7-year-old Yorkie-Pomeranian mix, never met a cat that didn't need chasing. The pets belong to Ed and Sharen Sleater of Soldotna.

Beware of bunnies
Looking for some bunny to love this Easter? Before impulsively running out to purchase a holiday hopper, be sure you know what you're getting into.

Sled heads
For many Alaskans, winter means a seemingly endless stretch of long, dark months spent hunkered down indoors, waiting tirelessly for the first harbingers of spring.

Nikiski girls exact revenge on Grace
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team polished off the regular season with an impressive win, defeating Grace Christian — the only team to have beaten the Bulldogs in Southcentral Conference play this season — 59-30 Saturday in Nikiski.

Angels defend conference title
Thanks to coach Tim Helvey, the Bristol Bay girls basketball team was all smiles Friday night during the Peninsula Conference championship against Ninilchik.

Heat thump New Jersey, earn eighth straight victory
MIAMI — Eddie Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in a decisive third quarter to help the Miami Heat win their eighth straight game and 12th in a row at home, 90-65 over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday.

Ogilvy shoots 8-under-par 64
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Australia's Geoff Ogilvy overcame an eight-shot deficit at the start of play Saturday, shooting an 8-under-par 64 to tie Brett Wetterich for the lead after three rounds at the Honda Classic.

Soldotna boys clinch top seed
The Soldotna boys basketball team clinched the No. 1 seed in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division Saturday with a 56-38 victory over host Kenai Central.

CIA boys cruise
The Cook Inlet Academy Eagles beat the Ninilchik Wolverines in the boys championship game of the 2005 Peninsula Conference basketball tournament Saturday at Soldotna Middle School.

Syracuse wins first Big East crown since 1992
NEW YORK — Hakim Warrick had 20 points and 13 rebounds — his third double-double in three games — and No. 16 Syracuse won the Big East tournament for the first time since 1992 with a 68-59 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night.

SkyHi girls, SoHi boys beat crosstown rivals
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team kept its bid for the top spot in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division alive with a 60-51 victory over visiting Skyview Friday night.

ASAA must monitor effects of its decisions
From the wrist on a jump shot to the stick blade on a slap shot, follow-through is vital in sports.

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