Sunday, March 21, 2004

Wood shows power at the plate, too
Kerry Wood is more than just a power pitcher. He can swing the bat, too.

Labonte needs a victory
DARLINGTON, S.C. Terry Labonte has a chance to make history at Darlington Raceway, and put some life into his season.

Photo feature: Pool of shadows
Pool players at the Kenai Teen Center form shadows on a window as the sun sets Friday night. The sun is now above the horizon longer than it is below, and the daylight continues to grow by about five minutes each day.

Bear cubs still in area of den
Seismic workers have reported seeing signs that two yearling brown bear cubs have returned to their den near Ninilchik, the site of a bear mauling that injured a Soldotna man Tuesday morning.

Wagoner: Education bill has too much pork in it
Sen. Tom Wagoner on Friday accused the House of sending a Senate bill meant to increase funding for education back to the Senate accompanied by $15 million in pork that has no business being attached to the education bill, he said.

Seavey soaks in role of victor
Just about everyone who has ever stepped foot on the back of a dog sled has at one time or another wondered what it would be like to win the Iditarod. Mitch Seavey now knows what it's like, and it's everything he thought it would be and more.

Kenai Peninsula lawmakers differ on what solution will help state's budget problem
A percent-of-market-value approach to managing the Alaska Permanent Fund and the proposed use of a portion of that value each year to help fund state government may have its supporters in Juneau and among the electorate, but lawmakers from the Kenai Peninsula said Friday they doubt the idea has enough votes in the Legislature to make it to the fall ballot.

Presidential candidates try to shift focus to what's safe ground for them
WASHINGTON When facts don't cooperate with rhetoric, candidates can change their position or change the subject. As they square off for this year's presidential election, President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry seem to be doing both.

Legislators need to be encouraged on budget solution
Legislators last week focused their attention on ways to close the state's budget gap.

In not-too-distant past, traditional marriage more about money than love
My cousin. One of my favorite college professors. My high school friend. These are the people whose weddings I will never get to attend, if President George W. Bush gets his way with a proposed constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage.

Around the Peninsula
Seward chamber to host Mitch SeaveyKPHA plans dinner, auction fund-raiserUmpires, scorekeepers soughtFood bank holds nutrition classesConnections to hold informational meetingsBanquet fund-raiser planned to benefit state fairRefuge sponsors bird sightings hot lineKayak festival planned

Bierdeman, Jones marry in Kenai
Jessica Nicole Bierde-man, formerly of Kenai, and Kevin Alexander Jones were married Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in a candlelight ceremony at First Baptist Church of Kenai. Pastor Dean Nichols officiated.

Carter, Hannevold announce engagement
Amanda Tisdale Carter and Anthony Hannevold were engaged Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, and plan to be married Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at the Decanter Inn in Kasilof.

Love monkeys: Men write about their experiences with women
NEW YORK Will Leitch was 21 and in love with a woman who was ''blond and beautiful, sleek and refined.'' He gave her his grandmother's engagement ring and set the date.

Accompanist's love of music a boon to others
For a community with, in relative terms, such a small number of residents, the Kenai Peninsula has a burgeoning music scene.

Gregory, Wells set wedding date
Jessica Anton Gregory of Gretna, Neb., and Julian Alexander Wells, formerly of Kenai, were engaged Friday, Oct. 3., 2003, and plan to be married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Good Shep-herd Lutheran Church in Gretna. Pastor Gary Werling will officiate.

Hulien, Overhuls get engaged
Inger Hulien and Chris Overhuls were married Friday, March 19, 2004, at Kenai Christian Church. Lee Moore officiated.

Dubber, Barnett plan to be married
Anne Lee Holle Dubber and Shad Ben-jamin Barnett of Anchorage have announced their plans to marry Sunday, June 6, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony at Solid Rock Bible Camp Chapel in Soldotna. Pastor Paul Kupferschmid of the Kasilof Community Church will officiate.

What to do when Muffy is missing
Few things are as frightening to a pet owner as having an animal run away or get lost. It can be a terrifying experience wondering if you'll ever get your canine companion or feline friend back, and the sad truth is not every one does get their pet back.

Tips for finding lost pets
Keep current identification on the pet.

My best friend
Eight-year-old Simba has become a true Alaska cat, says her owner, Carole Medina of Kenai. Before moving to Kenai 2 1/2 years ago, Simba was an inside cat, but now she loves to go hunting outdoors and even likes to walk in the snow up to her belly.

Seahawks take fourth
The Seward girls woke up just in time to claim fourth place Saturday at the state 3A basketball tournament, notching a 42-10 win over Dillingham at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Ninilchik girls earn state tourney berth
The Ninilchik girls basketball team isn't going anywhere except for next week's state tournament, that is.

Bristol Bay snaps Wolverines' streak
Like all good things, Ninilchik's winning streak had to come to an end sometime.

Sapp agrees to seven-year deal with Raiders
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp agreed to terms on a seven-year, $36.6 million contract with the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, ending his nine-year relationship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Valdez boys top Barrow in thriller
After losing in the championhip game last year, the Valdez boys came back to claim their second title in three years by defeating Barrow 70-65 in overtime in the Class 3A state tournament Saturday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Appleby tears it up at Bay Hill Invite
ORLANDO, Fla. Stuart Appleby drove his yellow Lamborghini to the Bay Hill Invitational and played like he never got out of the car.

Dillingham ends Nikiski's season
Winners of three of the past four Class 3A state basketball tournaments, the Nikiski girls basketball team is without question one of the premier programs in the state.

Barkley enters Suns' Ring of Honor
PHOENIX (AP) Charles was in charge and in complete control Saturday night at America West Arena.

Bruins top Tampa, heat up race in Eastern Conference
BOSTON Michael Nylander scored his first goal of the season 2:52 into the third period Saturday, lifting Boston over Tampa Bay.

Alabama shocks top-seeded Stanford
SEATTLE Josh Childress watched from the end of the bench as Stanford's latest comeback attempt came up just short, bouncing off the rim.

Top-seeded Tennessee advances in NCAA women's tourney
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Ashley Robinson had 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in 22 minutes, helping top-seeded Tennessee begin its quest for a seventh national title with a 77-54 victory over Colgate in the NCAA tournament Saturday.

Seawolves get beaten for third
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Duluth showed flashes of the offensive depth that helped them finish near the top of the WCHA, scoring four unanswered goals to beat surprising Alaska Anchorage 4-2 Saturday.

Kildow, Rahlves win super G at Alpine Nationals
GIRDWOOD, Alaska Once Lindsey Kildow's head cleared and she quit worrying, she concentrated on what came naturally: Go really fast down a mountain.

Grizzlies hold off gritty Pacers
MEMPHIS, Tenn. James Posey scored 16 points, including seven in the closing two minutes, to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 99-95 victory Saturday night over the Indiana Pacers.

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