Sunday, November 7, 2004

Blind musher eyes T-200 race
Being legally blind hasn't stopped Rachael Scdoris, a musher from Bend, Ore., from setting her sights on the 2005 Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race.

Johnson's winning streak is bittersweet due to plane crash
AVONDALE, Ariz. What should be a joyful and hopeful time for Jimmie Johnson has instead been bittersweet.

New state Parks chief hails from Kenai Peninsula Superintendent Degernes promoted
Chris Degernes, area superintendent for Alaska Division of Parks and Recreation on the Kenai Peninsula for the past 15 years, is moving up.

Skiers get the boot(s) at swap
Peninsula residents made one of their first transitions to the winter sport season Saturday as the Kenai Central High School Nordic ski team held its annual Sports Swap in the school's cafeteria.

Wanted: Capitol ideas Mayor solicits designs for new Juneau building
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho plans to present Alaska with a new capitol on Telephone Hill for its 50th birthday in 2009.

Area lawmakers positioned to promote peninsula interests
State legislators from the Kenai Peninsula were pleased Friday with House majority party leadership position selections, especially that of Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, to co-chair the House Finance Committee.

Cecil Buck Jones
Kenai resident Cecil "Buck" Jones died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, in Kenai. He was 74.

U.S. can disagree without becoming a country divided
"The campaigns are over, the political theater is now yesterday's news. The only way we will move forward, to build the gas pipeline, to open ANWR, to open new mines, to rejuvenate the timber and fishing industries, to expand tourism, to fund and improve our schools, to keep our communities safe, is by putting partisanship aside and standing together as Alaskans."

Second term may be a minefield
WASHINGTON An upbeat President Bush set forth an aggressive agenda for the next four years, but he also must deal with the realities his predecessors faced second terms tend to be disappointments, often marred by scandals, infighting and lackluster performances.

Thank goodness, it's over
It's finally over. The annoying polling calls during dinner, the numerous pieces of political spam on the Internet and the junk mail threatening to blow the hinges off your mailbox it's all over.

Recreation helps speech pathologists teach, rehab children
LUBBOCK, Texas The two fish in the living room.

Sadler, Shepherd marry in July
Ruth Sadler and Douglas Shepherd were married Saturday, July 10, 2004, at Berean Community Church in Rochester, Minn.

Add fun, hide veggies for kids' meals Getting kids to eat healthy takes some tricks and trades
LUBBOCK, Texas Getting kids to eat nutritious food can be an all-out war.

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist selling discount cards Hospice to host art workshop Childbirth film offered Christmas bazaar planned Dental hygiene degree presentation slated Auction fund-raiser set Lutefisk and lefse dinner set Genealogical society to meet

When I am old I shall wear purple

Good gaud
A new breed of wildlife has been discovered around the Kenai Peninsula. They travel in flocks. Their heads are red and their breasts are purple. They hoot and holler and giggle a lot. They've been spotted at parades, concerts and ballgames. They're not red polls or red-headed woodpeckers; they're not birds at all. They're known as "red hatters," and they're popping up everywhere.

How to respond: 'Mommy, why do you have to work?'
"'Honey, we need to buy groceries,' didn't really make a lot of sense" to a 2-year-old, says Welfeld, then a corporate vice president in communications.

My best friend
Nicasio Castro of North Kenai runs with his black Lab, Airbud. Airbud and Nicasio have been best friends since Sybille Castro adopted the dog for her son.

What's in a name? Rover's OK, but not Roger
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) A Brazilian legislator wants to make it illegal to give pets names that are common among people.

Pet care can be doggone costly Vets report dog, cat owners are spending more
AMARILLO, Texas And they say children are expensive.

Pet Hints from Heloise
Holiday pet points Bell on collar

Kenai hockey takes out SoHi
Ben Boycott posted a shutout in his first game in goal for Kenai Central as the Kardinals defeated Soldotna 6-0 Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center in the 2004 Peninsula Ice Challenge.

Kardinals earn state berth
The Kenai Central volleyball team earned a trip to state Saturday by defeating Kodiak 3-1 in the third-place game of the Northern Lights Conference Tournament at Homer High School.

Nikiski cruises to tourney title
The Nikiski volleyball team won its first Southcentral Conference title since 2001 Saturday at Houston high school, sweeping Grace Christian in the championship game.

Golfer hits two holes-in-one in one round
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Chris Varallo thought it was quite amazing when he aced the third hole Saturday at Liberty Lake Golf Course. Then he hit a second hole-in-one on the 11th hole of the same round.

Woods tied with Haas for lead at Tour Championship
ATLANTA What used to be routine felt like a novelty to Tiger Woods.

Moss to sit out Monday night
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings star Randy Moss will miss a game for the first time in his NFL career on Monday night, sitting out against the Indianapolis Colts with a strained right hamstring.

West Valley up to Ice Challenge
The 2004 Peninsula Ice Challenge concluded Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The West Valley Wolfpack won the tournament by beating out the Kenai Kardinals in a tight overtime game that was determined by a five-man rotating shootout.

Bobcats pick up franchise's first win
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Gerald Wallace slid face-first off the court after a hard foul, popped back up and looked at the scoreboard. He wasn't seeing things the Charlotte Bobcats really were on their way to the first win in franchise history.

Porter nabs second in diving
A team championship wasn't in the stars for Kenai Peninsula high school swimming and diving teams at the state championships Saturday in Anchorage, but several athletes still posted performances of which they can be proud.

Time for new stars to begin shining in women's basketball
No Diana Taurasi, no Alana Beard. Nicole Ohlde is gone and so is Nicole Powell. Lindsay Whalen and Kelly Mazzante? They've moved on, too.

Penhale, Rorrison, Mazurek take titles
Nikiski wrestlers Lance Penhale, Jared Mazurek and David Rorrison won their individual classes at the Palmer wrestling tournament on Saturday. Homer wrestlers also made a strong showing with several third-place finishes. Simeon Daigle took third in the 119 pound class, Cameron Hagen was third in the 130 pound class, Louden Greiner also finished third in the 135 pound class.

Top leagues will dominate men's college hoops
The premier conferences will live up to their reputations this college basketball season, not only dominating the Top 25 but gobbling up most of the at-large berths to the NCAA tournament.

Oklahoma survives scare from Texas A&M
Oklahoma handed Texas A&M a loss for the ages last season 77-0, the worst in the 108-year history of Aggies football. But the rematch was a battle from start to finish for the Sooners (9-0, 6-0 Big 12).

Chang breaks passing mark
HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii's Timmy Chang became the most prolific passer in college football history Saturday night, surpassing Brigham Young's Ty Detmer.

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