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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Survey shows McGwire lacks Hall votes
NEW YORK : Mark McGwire could miss out on making the Hall of Fame because of baseball's swirling steroids scandal, heightened by his refusal to answer specific questions before Congress, an Associated Press survey showed Thursday.

Kline wins derby with 35.32-pounder
Keith Kline : an employee at Agrium's soon-to-be-closed Kenai fertilizer plant : caught a 35.32-pound salmon, and $21,819 worth of much-needed unemployment insurance Saturday, during the 12th annual Winter King Salmon Tournament in Homer.

Booster club thanks all who helped with basketball tourney
The Soldotna High School Boys Basketball Booster Club would like to send out a special thank you to the many parents, community members, announcers and businesses who helped make the 2005 Region III basketball tournament at Soldotna High School a big success. The donations of food, time and commitment from the parents and volunteers was amazing. It couldn't have happened without you. We would like to also congratulate all of the teams, players, cheerleaders, managers and coaches throughout Region III on a great season. Your many hours of dedication and hardwork truly paid off with the finale of excellent tournament games.

Carey pushes strict adult ordinance
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey wants to uphold public morals in the city. As a result, the city council is considering an ordinance that would place heavy regulations on possible adult businesses in town.

Photo feature: 'Sale'ing into spring
Ruth Haring hangs banners Thursday afternoon to call attention to a yard sale her family plans today at their home on Walnut Avenue in Kenai. "This is the first garage sale we've had this early," she said. "It's kind of a pre-moving sale."

ANGDA hopes right-of-way application will move project forward
Bringing North Slope gas to the Cook Inlet basin is about to take the next step.

Efforts to support military personnel still going strong
Now that it's been two years since the United States sent troops into Baghdad to oust Saddam Hussein, many of the yellow ribbons in front of people's houses and "Support the Troops" placards in car windows around the Kenai Peninsula have disappeared.

Mickey F. Mathis
Former Soldotna resident Mickey F. Mathis died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 83.

Michael Oberts
Longtime Sterling resident Michael Oberts died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at the Pioneers Home in Anchorage. He was 80.

Soccer fields a good idea for Kenai's future
Anyone who has witnessed the human and automobile gridlock that clogs streets in the vicinity of the Kenai Middle School soccer fields during the summer knows how popular soccer has become.

Invasive plants: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Maybe it's a little early to start thinking about summer landscaping projects and gardening. Nonetheless, here is something to consider when you slip on your gloves and knock the dirt off your gardening tools. Many invasive plants that now wreak havoc in natural settings were introduced as ornamentals or for gardening.

Airplane helps man in recording outdoors tales
FOSSTON, Minn. : Bud Johnson has had a fascination with airplanes since the first time he remembers seeing one fly overhead near Gonvick. The year was 1933, and he was 5 years old.

Outdoor Briefs
Chugach seeks advice on Summit LakeBackcountry medical seminar offered

Around the Peninsula
Subsistence fish deadline todayAmVets to host egg huntCommunity Easter egg hunt setKPBBA to meetDucks Unlimited fund-raiser setPublic health plans one-day closureFAS training plannedLittle League registration continuesChildcare workshop plannedAARP tax help availableLacrosse club forming

Love: A uniting theme that connects religions
The principle of the unity of religion is at the center of Baha'i teachings.

Church Briefs
Easter services scheduledBible study group to meetClothing availableClothes Quarters open

Alyeska festival celebrates telemark turn
ANCHORAGE : Tim Charnon zigzagged gracefully across the finish line, a smile on his face. There was no tension in this race.

McGrady celebrates birthday by blowing out Cavs
HOUSTON : Tracy McGrady scored 31 points and Bob Sura had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists on his 32nd birthday, leading the Houston Rockets over the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-80 Thursday night.

Field can't keep up with Jones
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. : There's more than the Big Four at The Players Championship.

Cardinals rip Washington
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. : Rick Pitino pushed all the right buttons, while Francisco Garcia and Taquan Dean made all the tough shots.

Pearl not a crowd favorite
Bruce Pearl knows it's just as easy to scorn the accuser as the accused, a lesson he learned the hard way Thursday night.

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