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Sunday, April 3, 2005

Giants put Bonds on disabled list
The San Francisco Giants placed Barry Bonds on the 15-day disabled list Saturday as they finalized their roster for opening day, the third time the slugger has been on the DL in his career.

A fine history
If the walls of the Kenai Fine Arts Center could talk, they would tell a very disjointed story.

A place to play with clay
Making pottery can be an exacting artistic endeavor or simply an experience of playing in muck —and sometimes a little of both.

Wallace desires respect
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Nothing makes Rusty Wallace angrier than being written off as a has-been. In his final season as a driver, Wallace is determined to go out a winner.

Residents charge mine owners are digging up trouble
Come 2007, the earth will move at Northern Dynasty Minerals' Pebble mine site 17 miles northwest of Iliamna if company plans proceed apace, and life may never be quite the same for the quiet rural region of southwest Alaska.

Marriage Savers seeks to reduce divorces
The clergy of nearly 30 churches from Kenai, Soldotna, Kasilof, Nikiski and Sterling are gathering together and cutting across denominational lines this weekend in an attempt to decrease the high divorce rate on the Kenai Peninsula.

Refuge renegades
Parts of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are beginning to resemble war zones, with bullet-ridden signs, restrooms and informational kiosks standing out as ugly outposts in an otherwise pristine wilderness environment.

Pebble mine developers weigh profits, concerns
That riches await entrepreneurs willing to excavate tons of earth to extract its ores has supported the dreams of miners since humans first learned to burn coal and smelt metals.

Alicia Gail Corner
Kasilof resident Alicia Gail Corner died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at Heritage Place with her son, Dan Galloway, and a close friend by her side. She was 59.

Felicia Annette Bussing
Former Soldotna resident Felicia Annette Bussing died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at her home in Wasilla as the result of an accident. She was 13.

Margaret Rose (Jung) Kivi
Longtime Nikiski resident Margaret Rose (Jung) Kivi died Friday, April 1, 2005, at her home in Nikiski. She was 90.

Murkowski's AG choice looks sound
Gov. Frank Murkowski should be applaud-ed for his choice of David Marquez as the state's new attorney general. By all accounts, Marquez appears to be a sound choice who is likely to win overwhelming support from legislators on both sides of the aisle.

April night sky offers eclipse view
Find Orion in the southwest with Sirius, the brightest star, to its lower left, Procyon and Castor and Pollux (the twin stars in Gemini) to its upper left, Taurus with orange-tinged Aldebaran and the star cluster Pleiades above it, as well as Capella in its pentagon of Auriga very high in the west.

Around the Peninsula
Tsunami relief wanted Artists and crafters sought Driver safety class scheduled Pop Warner registration set

Good pet care about more than just food
We've all seen flyers up in the post office and ads in the newspaper that read something like this: "Puppies — free to a responsible owner" or "Kittens free to a good home." But what exactly makes a responsible pet owner or a home a good one?

My best friend
Clover, a half Chesapeake, half chocolate Lab mix was 2 months old in this photo and belongs to Katie J. Heazlett, 14, of Nikiski.

Homer claims fourth
The Homer High School girls basketball team has started a new tradition. Rebounding from an opening-round loss, the Mariners won their final two games to claim fourth place at the Alaska School Activities Association Class 4A State Championships Saturday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Williams, Heels close out MSU
ST. LOUIS — For a while there, Roy Williams must have had flashbacks of Final Fours past.

Nikiski, Seward fall in semifinals
The Monroe Catholic girls basketball team once again ended Nikiski's chance at a Class 3A state basketball crown.

WCHA rules Frozen Four
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Gophers forward Danny Irmen couldn't help but smile at the thought of East Coast hockey players having to watch the NCAA Frozen Four next weekend from their couches.

Illini continue dream season
ST. LOUIS — Staring into the sea of orange in the stands, the Illinois players raised their forefingers high above their heads. The No. 1 team in the country needs just one more win, and 100 years of waiting for a championship will be over.

Rain continues to mess with Bell-South Classic
DULUTH, Ga. — Cold, wind, rain and a sprinkling of snow left players scrambling for winter clothing in the BellSouth Classic.

Bulldogs take third at state
The Nikiski High School girls basketball vanquished a familiar foe Saturday, defeating Seward 37-30 to claim third place at the Alaska School Activities Association State 3A Championships at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Clijsters beats Sharapova in Key Biscayne final
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — From corner to corner Kim Clijsters ran, sliding into the splits with a cheerleader's zeal as she retrieved shot after shot, keeping alive yet another rally — and her comeback.

Pope John Paul II known as avid hiker, skier, soccer player
VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II was an avid sportsman, and perhaps the most athletic pontiff in history.

Magic battle to victory over Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Refusing to quit despite all sorts of adversity, the Orlando Magic mounted several comebacks and defeated the New Jersey Nets 103-102 Saturday night to clinch the tiebreaker between the teams.

Sports views: These Illini have few rules — and no conscience
Anytime. Anywhere. Against any opponent. In any situation. By anyone on the floor.

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