Saturday, April 2, 2005

Gonzalez once again hit hard by injury bug
Juan Gonzalez will miss the start of the season, and Dave Roberts probably will, too.

Montana packmaker focuses on 'beefy' frame
BOZEMAN, Mont. — At a time when backpacking gear companies are counting ounces to cater to a lightweight trend, Bozeman's Dana Gleason is building the Humvee of packs — stout, durable and expensive.

Removing tax exemptions hurts those who need help the most
Folks, quite a few years back, we people of the borough voted, overwhelmingly, to not tax senior citizens and disabed veterans on their homes that they live in. This was done by a vote of the public, who realized the disabled and elderly could not work to make money to pay the taxes on their homes and, if they didn't, the borough government would take their homes away from them.

Kenai courts busier than ever
Many people hope they never have to go to the Kenai Courthouse, but those who do go often find themselves waiting in line to see a court clerk.

Statewide tsunami test wasn't all smooth sailing
Depending on what you were listening to Wednesday morning, you may have heard the tsunami warning test through the Emergency Alert System. The trial run of the new code was supposed to trigger an EAS warning all over the state, but due to unknown errors, some TV and radio stations did not broadcast the message.

Photo feature: Truckin'
Huey Winston catches air on his skateboard by jumping off the back of a flatbed trailer as Sonny Ogle catches the action on video Thursday afternoon in Kenai. Skateboards are replacing snowboards as spring's sunny days continue.

Citizens file tax control initiative
A group of borough residents have filed with the Kenai Peninsula Borough's office an initiative they say would give voters a greater voice in decisions over borough capital projects.

Josephine 'Jo' Seelinger
Longtime Kenai resident Josephine "Jo" Elizabeth Seelinger died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 87.

Education is key to teaching responsibility
Responsibility is a big word. It means being reliable, trustworthy and accountable. When you're irresponsible, you are none of these things.

Note to self: Dry tend makes for better pondering
When I was forced to read Henry David Thoreau's Walden in college, I remember being inspired the the way he found peace, contentment and enjoyment in the solitude of the woods.

Looking beyond the snow berms, there are new things to see and hear
Another day of forecasted snowfall, and it is tough to believe that some Kenai Peninsula residents are singing about spring. It may be easier to notice the potholes and rock chips, or the dirty berms of snow still lining the highway, but close your eyes and listen carefully, and you, too, might hear these spring songs, and see why they are being sung.

Next stop: Russia
WALES (AP) — Two men began skiing to Russia on Wednesday from the icy shores of Alaska, dragging on sleds the 250 pounds of gear they hope will help keep them alive. The solid surface they scraped across disappeared after about a mile and dropped to water.

Around the Peninsula
Spring bazaar continuesFAS training plannedCommunity dialogue meeting slatedPublic radio fund-raiser setQuilters guild to meetRodeo association meetingAuxiliary hosts bazaar

Fool who trusts in self, says there is no God
April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day is the first day of April. On this day, it is customary to play practical jokes on people, causing them to believe something that isn't true or to go on a fruitless errand.

Church Briefs
Bible study group to meetClothing availableClothes Quarters openMarriage seminar plannedRelationship seminar setAddictions group to meet

Taxes: Chastened pastor practices what he preaches
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With April 15 looming, the Rev. Larry Miles is advising colleagues that failure to file federal income tax returns could land you in jail.

Committee asks NFL, other sports for steroid policies
WASHINGTON (AP) — The same Congressional committee that conducted hearings into steroids in baseball has asked NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue for information about how football regulates the performance-enhancing substances.

Defense, rebounding carry Nikiski
According to coach Ward Romans, the Nikiski girls basketball team has been focusing on defense and rebounding during the homestretch of the season.

Sharapova tops Venus
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams reached a crescendo in the final game, swapping shrieks that accompanied their shots in a series of furious exchanges.

Pacers topple Miami
INDIANAPOLIS — Stephen Jackson was having an awful night, missing 10 consecutive shots at one point, before everything took a sharp turn for the better.

South Carolina nips Saint Joseph's for NIT title
NEW YORK — Tarence Kinsey was a timeout away from being a spectator instead of the hero.

Can Final Four add to an already thrilling NCAA tournament?
ST. LOUIS — Rick Pitino and Roy Williams. Overachieving Michigan State and almost-undefeated Illinois.

Projects in two states bring back scarce mountain quail
LEWISTON, Idaho — Like miniature rockets, about 70 mountain quail burst from manmade plastic crates into wild new habitat Saturday.

Monterey aquarium releases great white shark
SALINAS, Calif. — A great white shark that survived longer than any other in captivity was returned to the wild early Thursday because it was growing too large and beginning to prey on other fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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