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Monday, March 28, 2005

Selig wants baseball to set steroid policy
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Commissioner Bud Selig wants baseball, not the government, to determine the game's steroid policy.

Attention finally ready to return to baseball field
After an offseason filled with talk about which players were on steroids, attention turns to the 2005 season. It begins April 3 when — who else? — the world champion Boston Red Sox and Yankees open in New York.

Chacon, Pineiro look good in returns
The Colorado Rockies need as much pitching as they can get. That's why having a healthy Shawn Chacon is so important.

Suzuki already piling up hits
PEORIA, Ariz. — Ichiro Suzuki is at it again. Sure, it's only spring training, but Seattle's star outfielder is slapping the ball silly.

Gonzalez returns to Indians outfield
Juan Gonzalez is back in the middle of the Cleveland Indians' lineup. Andy Pettitte also hooked up with some old friends — the New York Yankees.

NOW PLAYING: Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
Now I don't mind a meaningless entertainment movie every now and again. I've seen plenty of silly comedies and pointless action flicks that held my interest with no problem. Not every movie is Schindler's List, nor should they be. What I don't like, however, is having my intelligence insulted. Don't tell me I'm watching a family-friendly comedy about the myriad roles women play in today's society when I am, in reality, watching a stock buddy caper with the subtlety of a Scooby Doo cartoon. That's where I draw the line.

K-Beach fund-raiser a hit thanks to all who helped out
Thank you. I am truly amazed at the generosity and the good fortune we have in living in a community where people do not hesitate to assist our schools. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Murkowski's effort to get roads built should be supported
Gov. Murkowski's recent proposal to bypass burdensome federal bureaucracy by building critical highway projects with state funds is exactly the kind of bold and creative approach Alaska needs in order to break the logjam of long-overdue road projects.

Community's help with basketball program appreciated
The Boys and Girls Club's 7th/8th Grade Basketball League recently concluded its season. Boys and girls from throughout the central peninsula area had the opportunity to be part of a team, improve their basketball skills, get a little exercise and socialize with friends.

Working group should focus on limiting guide numbers
The recommendations from the Kenai River Working Group have been agreed upon by the group.

Gibbs: NFL, NASCAR not much different
KAPALUA, Hawaii — There's not a whole lot of difference between running an NFL team and a NASCAR operation.

Governor says ferry will be assigned to Glacier Bay
JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Frank Murkowski said he plans to assign a state ferry to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve this summer.

Borough mayor race heating up
The list of those who want to run for the office of Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor this October has grown to three. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Gary Superman filed a letter of intent Wednesday; former state senator and assembly member John Torgerson of Kasilof filed his letter March 15; and former Kenai Mayor John Williams filed his Nov. 11.

City of Kenai becomes bear aware
Private landowners and several local, state and federal organizations have partnered for the inception of a Wildlife Conservation Community Program for the city of Kenai in an effort to change the culture of how humans and wildlife — particularly brown bears — interact.

Offices close for Seward's Day
In observance of Seward's Day the following businesses and offices will be closed: All state offices, the Kenai District Court House, the Kenai Legislative Information Office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Kenai Public Health Center and the Kenai and Soldotna libraries.

Jack-up rig may spur oil industry
State officials and legislators are talking about having the state purchase a jack-up rig to encourage oil exploration in Cook Inlet.

Neglected dogs found in Kasilof
Good Friday was just that for 11 abandoned sled dogs in Kasilof that were rescued after more than a week without food or fresh water and more than a month without cleaning. "This is the worst case of neglect I've ever seen," said Tim Colbath, co-owner of Alaska's Extended Life Animal Sanctuary in Nikiski, a no-kill facility where animals are rehabilitated and cared for as long as needed until they are adopted.

Man dies in 4-wheel crash
A Ninilchik man was found dead Saturday after hitting a tree while riding a four-wheeler. According to Alaska State Troopers, Howard Crandell, 42, had been driving a Polaris four-wheeler at the intersection of Alice Drive and Foste-McMann Road off Oilwell Road in Ninilchik on Saturday or possibly Friday. It appeared he collided with a tree near the intersection.

Justices in peace at Kenai courthouse
The administrative judge of the Kenai Superior Court says he has never had anyone become violent in his courtroom, such as occurred recently when a judge was fatally shot in Atlanta, but that incident and the slaying of a judge's family in Chicago on Feb. 28 make him alert to the possibility.

On the hunt
Brittany Hall and her sister, Tiffany, sort their loot following an Easter egg hunt at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Saturday afternoon. The event was well-attended, according to Mya Renken, executive director of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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

Hosanna Barbara Pollock
Kasilof resident Hosanna Barbara Pollock was born and died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

ANWR opening far from certain
Maybe the U.S. Senate finally became ex-hausted with the issue of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Maybe senators did it for the tireless Sen. Ted Stevens. Maybe they did it because Sen. Stevens wore his Incredible Hulk tie.

Voices of the clarion: A moment of peace
I've noticed lately that the blue people have become rather quiet. This bothers me, if only because it means the red people have more time to babble.

Costly lesson still unresolved
All anniversaries are not cause for celebration. It was 16 years ago Thursday when the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, leaking 11 million gallons of oil and causing the biggest spill in U.S. history.

Colorful past — Egg art explained
In the ancient Ukrainian art of egg decorating — pysanky — colors had symbolic meaning.

Peninsula People
Bond graduates basic training Melvin joins reserves McCamon, Thompson provide relief Ruffridge named to president's list

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to meet Wildfire protection meetings set Artists and crafters sought Autism support group to meet Applications for visitor services available

Waste less, recycle more
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department encourages peninsula residents to become more environmentally aware by practicing the three R's — reduce, reuse and recycle.

Club News
Flyball seminar slated Lacrosse club forming Soldotna Elks table tennis results Little League registration continues

'Eggs'acting detail
Marlys Mosbrucker cared for her egg with an attention to detail that would put a mother hen to shame and send the Easter bunny to the unemployment office.

Births
Amanda Every and Kenneth Roberts Jr. of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Imogen Marie Roberts at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 8.5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.

Around the Peninsula
SPHS board to meet Used book sale slated CPGH board to meet FAS training planned Flyball seminar slated Running club forming

Community Events
FAS training planned Public radio fund-raiser set Childcare workshop planned Autism support group to meet Spring bazaar set Red Cross offers renewal classes Respite services available Child Find screening available Running club forming

My best friend
Casper, 2 years old, tips the scales at 18 pounds. She likes visiting with people and her hobbies are fine food and napping. She enjoys being outdoors in the summer until the birds attack her, then she runs like the dickens, according to her owner, Thom Griess of Soldotna.

Bill: Look at deeds, not breeds
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The only problem Dee Robison has with her favorite Doberman pinscher, Darby, is that the 90-pound pooch gets a little jealous when she turns her attention toward the television.

Michigan State, Kentucky have depth for 80 minutes
AUSTIN, Texas — Tom Izzo can look down the Michigan State bench and smile. Even when his five starters are on the court, he still has four guys he's comfortable using.

Crippled Cards catch hot-shooting West Virginia
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The master motivator himself, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, admitted he was lying when he told his players at halftime he was sure they were going to beat West Virginia.

North Carolina's talent meshes at right time
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — No one ever questioned North Carolina's talent. Last season, Rashad McCants (scoring), Sean May (rebounding) and Raymond Felton (assists) became the first trio of teammates to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in those categories, and they all returned for their junior years.

Sports views: Rich and 'poor' clash in NFL revenue sharing dispute
The NFL's annual meetings began last Sunday with a speech by Michael MacCambridge, author of ''America's Game,'' a book about how pro football came to be the nation's most popular spectator sport.

Illinois, Louisville claim OT thrillers
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Illinois made a jaw-dropping final push for the Final Four with a rally that was as electrifying as it was improbable.

U.S. prepared for hostile reception in Mexico
MEXICO CITY — Landon Donovan remembers the chants of ''Osama! Osama!'' last year, when the U.S. Olympic soccer team played in Guadalajara.

Sorenstam feasts on competition at Nabisco
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — The suspense was over before the leaders left the putting green and headed for the first tee. The question wasn't whether Annika Sorenstam would win her fifth straight tournament and the first major championship of the year, but by how much.

UConn sees red
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Women's basketball will have a new champion this year — finally. Connecticut's remarkable run is over.

Foursome finalized
AUSTIN, Texas — Kentucky's 3-point prayer bounced on the rim four times before falling through, and everybody held their breath during a five-minute review.

Sorenstam cruising at first major of year
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Annika Sorenstam was on the back nine of her Saturday runaway when a marshal's loud command for the quiet crowd to get even quieter forced her to back off her ball just as she was set to hit.

Expansion Bobcats pull shocker on Heat
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Primoz Brezec had a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to one of their most surprising wins of the season, a 94-92 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.

Timberwolves trying to make move in Western Conference race
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett had 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 89-85 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon.

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