Sunday, March 14, 2004

Like father, like sons: Mackey family sets record
Fathers pass on to their children many things: practical skills, life advice and family traditions. But for Dick Mackey all those things culminate in one word Iditarod.

Many contribute to successful, enjoyable fund-raising dinner
Thank you for donating to AFS International Student Exchange Program!

Senate Joint Resolution 26 all about state's rights, not CIAA
This letter is a response to an opinion printed recently on Senate Joint Resolution 26.

Healthy idea blossoms into Soldotna's annual Village Fair
Soldotna High School was transformed into a labyrinth of more than 100 booths for all things health and safety related Saturday for the ninth annual Village Fair.

Challenger Center puts employees to the test
Finding quality employees isn't rocket science, but with the help of Kenai's Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, it can be.

State attempts to join lawsuit
Calling the move a necessary long shot, Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes has filed a motion with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday seeking to make the state of Alaska a defendant in a lawsuit over salmon stocking in Lake Tustumena.

Lola T. Turner
Longtime Kenai resident Lola T. Turner died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 68.

Claude 'Bobby' Showalter
Lifelong Kenai resident Claude "Bobby" Showalter died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage from pneumonia. He was 63.

Beatrice Lou Stanford
Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident Beatrice Lou Stanford died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 73.

Moving forward on fiscal plan
For the past several years, the need for a long-term fiscal plan for Alaska has been recognized by various economists, legislators, the press and prominent citizens. However, such a plan still does not exist, but it is even more critical in 2004 to help Alaska's leaders and citizens mutually understand what is meant by "essential government operations and services" and what may be required by the Legislature and the current administration to provide them in a responsible manner.

Increased funding, ballot measure will help district schools
There's good news coming out of Juneau:

Proposition No. 1 will offer district flexibility in future
It's said that in life timing is everything. There is truth in that statement. After six months of effort in developing and delivering to the voters a viable alternative to the impending Kenai Peninsula Borough School District cuts of cocurricular activities, the Legislature appears to have found its way clear to solve the problem for us.

Maine librarian cashes in on her good luck
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) America's rarest silver dollar and possibly its most famous stolen coin was discovered in a box filled with miscellaneous coins by a Maine librarian who wasn't even a collector.

Hoyts celebrate anniversary
Jim and Karen Hoyt were married March 3, 1979, in Phoenix. They met as the result of a car accident in Arizona and got to know each other with braces on their necks.

Sergeant-at-arms' spirit shows in Senate, boxing ring
JUNEAU When Jamiann Stevens showed up to work in the Alaska Senate chambers with a black eye about a year ago, no one thought it unusual.

Aeronautics engineer's projects take flight
As folks gathered at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first powered flight, a wall of honor was unveiled, displaying the names of the nation's air and space pioneers.

Rickabaugh, DeVolder announce engagement
Stephanie Ricka-baugh and Andrew De-Volder of Kasilof plan to be married Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony on the bluff in Kenai with a reception to follow at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Around the Peninsula
Concealed carry and law class offeredNatural gas authority to meetGraduation party planning session setKCHS after-graduation committee to meetKennel club offering dog classesKRSMA board meeting scheduledPreschool to hold fund-raiser

Phillips, Swank plan April wedding
Chelsey Renee' Phillips and Benjamin Lee Swank of Kenai have announced their plans to marry at in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, April 24, 2004, at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Sterling with a reception following at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.

Johnson, Franklin schedule nuptials
Raenell Johnson and Matthew Franklin plan to be married Saturday, May 22, 2004, in an afternoon outdoor ceremony at the Double Tree Resort in Phoenix.

Hallmark, Tapley wed in January
Whittney Nicole Hallmark and Joshua Lafayette Tapley were married Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at Kalifonsky Christian Center. Pastor Steve Toliver officiated.

What to expect when the heat is on
Something strange is going on with your dog. She seems restless, is urinating much more than usual and all the male dogs in the neighborhood have suddenly taken a keen interest in her. This can mean only on thing your dog's in heat.

Alaska man succeeds with snakes
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau man is believed to be the first to successfully breed green tree pythons in Alaska.

My best friend
Kyle Heffner enjoys spending time with his dogs, Whiskey and Sunny.

Comeback pushes Nikiski girls to state
The Nikiski girls basketball team overcame a 17-10 deficit at halftime Friday in the semifinals of the District 3/3A tournament at Dimond High School to earn a 37-29 victory over tournament host Grace Christian.

Flyers keep winning against Devils
PHILADELPHIA Marcus Ragnarsson scored the go-ahead goal 23 seconds into the third period and Robert Esche made 37 saves to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Seward claims crown
The Seward High School girls basketball team clinched the District 3/3A title Saturday, defeating Nikiski 38-38 in the district tournament title game hosted by Grace Christian at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

Celtics back in playoff spot
WASHINGTON Paul Pierce scored 26 of his 37 points in the second half, and the Boston Celtics moved back into playoff position with a 111-102 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

Ice Hawks move on to nationals
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Midget B team won the Midget B state tournament March 7 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Wisconsin extends UAA to third game
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin was looking for a response. Senior scoring leader Rene Bourque provided it, and the Badgers stayed alive in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.

McConnell has perfect evening
Senior Night at Cook Inlet Academy was just perfect for Morgan McConnell.

Sports Briefs
Chapman wrestlers compete at stateWhalers fare well at Anchorage Freestyle TourneySkyview's Habermann excels at Junior OlympicsLumen Christi boys top NinilchikWright upsets Mosley to unify 154-pound titles

Wasilla boys topple Kenai, claim state berth
The Kenai Central High School boys basketball team advanced to the third-place game at the Region III/4A tournament Saturday only to have its season end with a 59-45 loss to the host Warriors.

Norway's Backen holds lead, pack of Alaska challengers emerge
KALTAG, Alaska Norway's Kjetil Backen kept his lead Saturday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race but a pack of seasoned mushers were not far behind going into the last quarter of the race.

Kodiak boys bar Kenai from state in semis
The Kodiak boys team punched their ticket to the state tournament at Sullivan Arena with a 57-54 victory over Kenai Friday in the semifinals of the Region III/4A basketball tournament at Wasilla High School.

Maier caps comeback with overall skiing title
SESTRIERE, Italy He learned how to walk again. Then he learned how to ski. He endured almost unbearable pain when he crammed his swollen, distorted leg into a ski boot. Nothing was going to stop Hermann Maier from returning to World Cup racing.

No. 5 Duke tops No. 14 Georgia Tech to reach ACC finals
GREENSBORO, N.C. Shelden Williams had 20 points and 18 rebounds Saturday to lift No. 5 Duke past No. 14 Georgia Tech 85-71 in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

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