Friday, March 18, 2005

Congressmen criticize baseball's drug policy; no immunity for witnesses
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress called baseball to task for its new drug-testing program Wednesday, a day before Mark McGwire and a handful of other past and present stars were to appear at a congressional hearing on steroids in the sport.

Bonds may miss opening day
The San Francisco Giants are worried Barry Bonds' latest setback could force the slugger to miss opening day, but Kenny Rogers, Matt Morris and Greg Maddux weren't too concerned after struggling in exhibition outings.

Sluggers testify on steroids
WASHINGTON — On Capitol Hill instead of a baseball field, wearing business suits instead of uniforms, they walked into the room, stars all, forced by subpoena to testify before Congress about whether they cheated by using steroids.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules

PSDRA hosts Businessman's Race
The Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association's 20th annual Businessman's Race was held Saturday on the trail network adjacent to the Soldotna airport.

Sorlie makes it 2
NOME — A Norwegian firefighter traversed one of the slushiest trails ever, dropping half his dog team along the way, to win a four-way surge to the finish line Wednesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Performers plan busy season
Kenai Performers is doing a community service for theater lovers with the behind-the-scenes and directing workshops the group is offering this month and next, but its motives aren't entirely selfless.

Fake to the finish
When slapping someone across the face, eye contact is key. The same goes for throwing a punch, hair pulling, sword thrusts and kicking someone in the groin.

From the bookshelf: Novel blends science, psychology, religion
Deep in Alaska's Interior stand arrays of sophisticated electronic equipment trained on the sky. Scientists use them to study the atmosphere, radio waves and the aurora borealis. Some of that work is top secret, and the projects inspire wild rumors.

Art Briefs
Theater workshops offered Human-nature poetry wanted from Alaskans Student, adult classes planned Actors wanted for one-acts Homer concert series seeks musicians Concert on the Lawn looking for acts Young Alaskan Artist Award open for entries Writers conference slated Summer arts camp planned

What's Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Community support for hockey tournament appreciated
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association was proud to host the Pee Wee Tier II State Hockey Tournament March 3-6. One of the games was played at the Kenai rink, while 27 were played at the Soldotna Sports Center. On behalf of KPHA, I would like to thank the community for its support and for coming out to the games and cheering on the Ice Hawks.

Cheating part of the game in NASCAR
''Being creative is my job,'' crew chief Chad Knaus said when he earned his first major penalty in 2002. ''If I am going to get fined and penalized for being creative, then that's just part of it.

City goes Irish for St. Patrick
Although a long way from the shamrock covered shores of Ireland, there are a few local folks who trace their roots to the emerald island, and for them St. Patrick's Day is a day to celebrate.

Refuge closes to snowmachining
Due to spring conditions setting in, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will close to snowmachining at midnight Saturday, according to refuge manager Robin West. Most bodies of water are unsafe and snow conditions have deteriorated, West cautioned.

Building contractors spared sales tax
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly killed a proposed ordinance Tuesday night that would have required licensed building contractors to start paying sales taxes on the raw materials they buy for construction jobs.

Businesses feel gas price bump
Kim Davidson said rising gasoline prices negatively impact the business she works for.

Bed tax proposal gets mixed reviews
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly took more public hearing comments Tuesday on a controversial measure that would impose an 8-percent transient accommodations tax, commonly called a bed tax, on hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast operations.

James Daniel Thomason
Longtime Soldotna resident James Daniel Thomason died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at the Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital in Peoria, Ariz. He was 64.

Open government the only way to go
Many federal government agencies and state governments — in the name of security — advocated less openness with records and meetings after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Mushers give peninsula folks reason to cheer
Congratulations to Mitch Seavey of Sterling, Lance Mackey of Kasilof, Paul Gebhardt of Kasilof, Tyrell Seavey of Sterling, Tim Osmar of Clam Gulch, Dallas Seavey of Sterling and Judy Merritt of Moose Pass. They are the ones who have represented the Kenai Peninsula in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Refuge staff looking past the slush
As I look out my office window, I see a parking lot of slush and lots of dirty colored snow. This time of year is not very pretty out, but spring is soon to arrive with the promise of warmer temperatures and abundant life.

Rains prompt rare wildflower display
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — A rare burst of color is softening the stark landscape of Death Valley, with clusters of purple, pink and white wildflowers dotting the black basalt mountainsides and great swaths of golden blooms bordering the blinding white salt flats on the valley floor.

Kayaking grows in popularity along Hudson River
ATHENS, N.Y. — When Larissa Suparmanto told friends she was going to paddle her kayak 148 miles down the Hudson River from Albany to New York City, there were skeptics.

Adventurers prepare to cross Bering Strait
WALES (AP) — Two men who met at the bottom of the world are in another frigid corner of it, attempting to cross the partly frozen Bering Strait.

Tribes welcome visitor who brings a canoe
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — When Gerald ''Woody'' Woodside brought a handmade canoe to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Center, he might have expected a word of thanks.

Around the Peninsula
Help for home day care providersTeen center open house todayCorned beef dinner plannedHistorical society to meetSpring bazaar setFlyball seminar slated

Around the Peninsula
Parade scheduled today Corned beef dinner planned Applications for visitor services available Little League begins registration FAS training planned Red Cross offers renewal classes

Church briefs
Church production slatedDay camp offeredEaster activities, services set

Palm Sunday, neglected as Easter's lesser sibling
Palm Sunday often is the neglected sibling of Easter Sunday.

UWM knocks off Alabama in upset
CLEVELAND — Wisconsin-Milwaukee pulled off the first upset of the NCAA tournament, stunning Alabama 83-73 on Thursday in the Chicago Regional.

Palmer topples Soldotna
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team put together about as good a first quarter as it could have hoped for, building a nine-point lead against the Palmer Moose in the opening round of the Northern Lights Conference tournament.

Redd, Smith point Bucks past Cavs
MILWAUKEE — Michael Redd scored 32 points and Joe Smith tied his season high with 21 as the Milwaukee Bucks withstood 34 points from LeBron James and defeated the Cavaliers 96-88 Wednesday night, extending Cleveland's road losing streak to eight games.

Seahawks girls, boys advance
The Seward girls and boys basketball teams opened up play at the Southcentral Conference tournament Thursday in Seward with big victories.

Ninilchik, CIA coast at state
The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team opened the state 2A championship tournament with a convincing 59-43 win over Tok Thursday at Service High School in Anchorage.

CIA, Ninilchik head to state
The Kenai Peninsula's two powers of Class 2A basketball — the Ninilchik girls and Cook Inlet Academy boys — will once again be in the hunt for state titles this weekend at the Class 2A state basketball tournament at Service High School.

Let the games begin: Conference tourneys tip off
The Kenai Peninsula's class 3A and 4A basketball teams head to Seward and Soldotna, respectively, on Thursday to begin the task of sorting out which teams will advance to the state tournament.

O'Neal gets best of Bryant again
MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Keyon Dooling scored eight of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to help the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-89 Thursday night.

Biologists discover new species of shrimp
BOISE, Idaho — Biologists with the Idaho National Guard have discovered a new species of fairy shrimp living in the oft-dry lake beds of Idaho's desert.

Lice found on wolves north of the Alaska Range
FAIRBANKS (AP) — For the first time, lice have been discovered on wolves north of the Alaska Range.

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