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Monday, March 21, 2005

Schilling to miss opening day; Alomar retires
Curt Schilling will miss Boston's season opener at Yankee Stadium, and Roberto Alomar's career is over.

Selig, baseball owe McGwire one for being the fall guy
Bud Selig should send Mark McGwire some flowers and a thank you card. Better yet, take him out to dinner.

Newman ready to start up front
HAMPTON, Ga. — Ryan Newman headed to the lake Saturday to get in some fishing.

Senate hears plea to replace Coast Guard's aging fleet
Despite heroic efforts by the U.S. Coast Guard to maintain its fleet of cutters and aircraft, those aging assets should be replaced, including equipment employed in search and rescue and enforcement operations in Alaska, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) official told a U.S. Senate subcommittee this week.

Hospital eyes sale of Heritage Place
Heritage Place in Soldotna is up for sale, and Central Peninsula General Hospital is looking into buying the Kenai Peninsula Borough 60-bed nursing facility.

Pregnant moose rescued from ice
A pregnant moose that had fallen through the ice most likely will be giving birth this spring, thanks to the rescue efforts of four Kenai Peninsula snowmachiners and another man who happened by Thursday afternoon.

Mayor vetoes fiscal notes
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley used his veto pen Tuesday, negating an assembly measure requiring the administration to summarize the estimated economic effects of future ordinances that could be expected to have impacts on the finances of the borough or the private sector.

Spring weather: Brief fling or here to stay?
Take a walk around the neighborhood and you will find that central Kenai Peninsula residents have popped out of winter's prison to take advantage of the spring conditions. The weather has warmed enough to completely thaw major roads and allow traffic to kick up dust.

Games has new director
The 2006 Arctic Winter Games has a new general manager. Eagle River resident Tim Dillon was selected last week to be the new general manager for the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games, bringing more than 20 years of sports and event coordination experience with him.

Kenai kicks around plans for sports fields
Although they each prefer their own brand of football, Kenai's Greg Zorbas and Mike Tilly both support the idea of building a complex of soccer fields in Kenai.<

Ed Daly
Soldotna resident Ed Daly died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at his home. He was 58.

Isabelle Nelson
Soldotna resident Isabelle Nelson died Thursday, March 17, 2005, surrounded by family at Heritage Place. She was 88.

Pamela Yvonne Sarks
Former Kenai resident Pamela Yvonne Sarks died Monday, March 7, 2005, at her home in Casa Grande, Ariz., of natural causes. She was 56.

Jack M. Beesler
Longtime Alaska resident Jack M. Beesler died of pancreatic cancer Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at his home in Vernon, Ariz., with his daughter Ann and friend Louise at his side. He was 81.

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

Voices of the Clarion: Answers come in a dream
I don't know if it was the heavy pizza dinner I ate the evening before, but I awoke the other night in the middle of a dream that appears to solve all of the Kenai Peninsula's financial woes.

McGwire strikes out with testimony
If former major-leaguer Mark McGwire were as evasive on the basepaths as he was Thursday before the U.S. House Government Reform Committee, he could've set the all-time stolen base record.

State retirement systems should mirror private
As legislators, the governor, labor unions and management-affiliated groups debate the various ideas put forward to solve the financial problem in the state-run retirement systems, one idea that deserves serious attention is a changing of the programs for new enrollees.

ANWR vote could hold key to our future
You could almost hear a collective cheer rise up among Alaskans late last week when the U.S. Senate voted to include a provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development in its upcoming budget. After all, ANWR and the possibility that its oil could hold the key to Alaska's financial future has been the Holy Grail for Alaska politicians for the past two decades.

Warm up to a cool hobby
Ice is a curious and contradictory thing. It is water and rock. It can be an obstacle or an opportunity. In the right hands, it can be a thing of extraordinary beauty.

Henderson, Chapman marry in Maine
Alicia A. Henderson of Kenai and Philip F. Chapman lll of Win-throp, Maine, were married Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch in Auburn, Maine.

Club News
Flyball seminar slated Lacrosse club forming Recycling fund-raiser continues DDF team to perform

Peninsula People
Stanford honored

Around the Peninsula
Running club forming Applications for visitor services available FAS training planned Autism support group to meet Auxiliary hosts bazaar

Births
His grandparents are Doug and Mitzi Blossom of Clam Gulch and Joe Adolf of Nikiski. His great-grandparents are Marge Adolf and Charlie and Dorothy Diamond, all of Soldotna.

Around the Peninsula
Artists and crafters sought CPHC board meeting slated Soldotna chamber to meet Subsistence fish deadline looming Child Find screening available YCC applications available

Community Events
Public radio fund-raiser set Childcare workshop planned Ducks Unlimited fund-raiser set AARP tax help available Autism support group to meet Head Start accepting applications LeeShore offers food program Postcards sought

Researchers advise pregnant women should avoid cat box cleaning
CHICAGO — Janet Morel doesn't know whether it was the undercooked eggs she ate while she was pregnant or parasites from the pet cat that caused her daughter Dana's blindness and brain damage.

Pet spoiling high priority for boomers
Washburn, who adopted her one-eyed basset hound four years ago, hasn't worried about the cost of pampering her pet, installing a custom doggy door at her Cary, N.C., home and indulging him with premium food and romps at doggy daycare.

Curtailing kennel cough
Many people believe that kennel cough is a disease that can only be contracted from a boarding kennel. This is a common misconception that can lead to a sore throat for a canine who's companion doesn't know all the facts.

My best friend
Sarah loves trucks and ducks.

Middle Tennessee women upset North Carolina State
DALLAS — Patrice Holmes hit a jumper with 1.6 seconds left to give 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee a 60-58 victory over fifth-seeded North Carolina State on Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Wasilla girls outlast Homer
March Madness invaded Soldotna High School as the Homer Mariners girls basketball team lost a double overtime thriller to the Wasilla Warriors 60-54 in the championship game of the Northern Lights Conference tournament.

Wasilla boys storm past Stars, into finals
Jesse Bean had 20 points and Matt Crane added 19 Friday as the Wasilla boys basketball team topped Soldotna 66-41 in the semifinals of the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Soldotna High School.

LeBron's record-setting night not enough against Toronto
TORONTO — LeBron James became the youngest player to score 50 points in an NBA game, but his franchise-record 56 weren't enough to prevent the Toronto Raptors from beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-98 on Sunday.

Kodiak boys eliminate SoHi
The Kodiak Bears boys basketball team pulled out a win against the Soldotna Stars Saturday to advance to the state tournament with the third seed from the Northern Lights Conference.

Perry wins when Singh splashes
ORLANDO, Fla. — Kenny Perry lost a three-shot lead in three holes, but emerged the winner in the Bay Hill Invitational on Sunday when Vijay Singh hit 7-iron off the rocks and into the water on the 18th hole en route to a double bogey.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee reaches Sweet 16
CLEVELAND — One win wasn't enough for Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Panthers are pressing on in the NCAA tournament.

Eagles soar at state
Clinging to a one point lead, Cook Inlet Academy head basketball coach Bruce Gabriel gathered his team around him before the start of the fourth quarter in Saturday's Alaska Class 2A state championship game.

Nikiski girls win league
For the 11th time in Ward Romans' 16 years as coach, the Nikiski girls basketball team is the champion of the Southcentral Conference.

Perry, Singh move to the front in separate races at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. — Kenny Perry is leading the Bay Hill Invitational, thanks to amazing accuracy off the tee that kept him out of the rough on all but two holes during a marathon Saturday.

Angels dethrone Ninilchik
Sound the alarm. The Ninilchik girls basketball team has finally lost a Class 2A state championship game.

Heat topple Knicks for 12th straight victory
MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal scored 33 points and Dwyane Wade had 30 to lead the Miami Heat to its 12th straight win Saturday night, a 97-82 victory over the New York Knicks.

Summitt ties Smith for all-time wins mark
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Pat Summitt's latest milestone victory was similar to so many others in her illustrious 31-year career.

Slutskaya is golden again at worlds
MOSCOW — Irina Slutskaya stood on the podium, giving her gold medal a playful bite and kiss.

N.C. State knocks out Huskies
Hodge scored on a slashing drive through the lane with 4.3 seconds left to break a 62-all tie and send the Wolfpack past second-seeded Connecticut 65-62 Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Acrobatic rookie gets Atlanta win
HAMPTON, Ga. — Carl Edwards climbed out of his car, balanced himself on the window ledge, gave a quick glance over his shoulder to make sure all was clear, then launched into the air backward.

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