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Saturday, March 19, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Church briefs
Church production slatedDay camp offeredEaster activities, services set

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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