Sunday, November 14, 2004

Jeffrey Alan Ring
Soldotna resident Jeffrey Alan Ring died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of a brain aneurysm. He was 30.

Bruce W. 'Hoppy' Haskell
Anchorage resident Bruce W. "Hoppy" Haskell died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, near Anchorage. He was 48.

Dorothy J. Gauthier
Soldotna resident Dorothy J. Gauthier died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna in her sleep. She was 89.

Russell A. Burnett
Longtime Soldotna resident Russell A. Burnett died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 84.

Truex clinches championship
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Martin Truex Jr.'s fourth-place finish Saturday at Darlington Raceway gave Dale Earnhardt Jr. the first of two series championships he covets this year.

Contenders focus on getting all-important victory at Darlington
Kurt Busch, racing for his first Nextel Cup title, holds a 41-point lead over four-time champion Jeff Gordon with two races remaining. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin, none of whom has won a Cup title, are all within 104 points of the leader going into the race at Darlington Raceway.

Small fry may be big problem
Researchers with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game say sockeye salmon fry in Skilak Lake are getting smaller, a fact they attribute to increasingly silty water caused by the rapid melting of Skilak Glacier.

Positions bode well for area
The selection of Sen. Ben Stevens, R-Anchorage, as Alaska Senate president, and Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, as Senate majority leader, could lend a more moderate look to the Legislature's upper body, the new majority leader said Wednesday.

New Capitol idea great way to mark state's 50th birthday
We can hear the naysayers yammering away: Alaska doesn't need a new Capitol. It needs less government. Why build a new building that you can't drive to? What's wrong with the old building? That money would be better spent on schools, roads and public safety. What benefit will most Alaskans get from a new Capitol they can't afford to go and see?

Bush's second-term domestic agenda far weightier than first
WASHINGTON From his domestic policy platter, President Bush chose to serve dessert before the main course.

Palestinian statehood on hold
WASHINGTON President Bush has all but abandoned his goal of Palestinian statehood next year, opting instead to spend the next four years trying to help ''a truly free state develop'' alongside Israel.

Around the Peninsula
Alcohol and drug abuse council to meet'Toy and Joy' applications being acceptedSocial Security reps to visit areaFlu shot clinic planned

Stars light up winter nights
Winter has almost arrived and that means that the bounty of the winter sky charms us once more. The accompanying chart is set for 10 p.m. in early November and midnight in late November, thus more stars will have risen in the earlier evening hours later this month.

Eating turns into stream of holidays
Feeling festive? Stock up on mustard, vinegar and oregano, and plan to give away some zucchini.

Mexican Coke keeping it real
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. Deep in the heart of Coca-Cola country, there's at least one place where the iconic caramel-colored fizz doesn't reign supreme or at least the version most Americans know.

Turkey, green beans in a bottle?
SEATTLE Jones Soda Co. takes the idea of a liquid diet to a new low. How does Green Bean Casserole Soda strike you? And how about an aggressively buttery-smelling Mashed Potato Soda?

Carver hunts diamond willow in the rough
Stepping into Sterling resident Roy Baldwin's shop can be overwhelming to the olfactory senses. The sweet smell of wood hangs thick in the air like the smell of fresh bread in a bakery.

A shot now staves off sickness
Vaccinations are a pet owner's best line of defense against contagious diseases that potentially can be fatal to their furry friends.

My best friend
Snoopy, a Weaton Scottish terrier, checks on his buddy, Brian Nelson Jr., after mud swimming at the family's fishing site. Snoopy belongs to Joyce Dillon of Nikiski, who is Brian's grandmother.

Spartans throttle Badgers
EAST LANSING, Mich. Michigan State used a powerful rushing attack, a trick play and a key defensive stand to rout No. 4 Wisconsin 49-14 on Saturday and knock the Badgers out of the national championship race.

ACS takes first at Round Robin Rumble
Anchorage Christian Schools showed its depth in the Homer Round Robin Wrestling Tournament Saturday at Homer High School. The tournament featured a rare blend of large and small schools, ranging from Class 2A Galena to Class 4A Skyview.

State experience has Kardinals pumped up for more
Just wait 'til next year.

Pacers' Artest is NBA's new version of Dennis Rodman
Ron Artest, like so many poor souls in sports, is misunderstood.

Byrd keeps his crown
NEW YORK Chris Byrd felt the power and found the canvas. Then Jameel McCline found out what made Byrd a heavyweight champion in the first place.

James pours in 24 points as Cavs top Wizards
CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 24 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Washington Wizards 105-74 Saturday for their third straight victory after an 0-3 start.

Nikiski recovers from first defeat, takes third at state
Following a defeat their first of the season in the first round of the state 3A volleyball tournament, the Nikiski High School volleyball had a choice: Regroup and finish strong, or pack it in and go home early.

Pros play best ball
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman combined for a 10-under 62 Saturday and moved into a tie for the lead with Justin Leonard and Steve Flesch after two rounds of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Davenport knocked out of WTA Championships
LOS ANGELES Lindsay Davenport rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Serena Williams in the WTA Championships on Saturday, although her No. 1 ranking was in jeopardy after she failed to reach the semifinals.

Sifford breaks barrier with spot in golf Hall
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. Charlie Sifford only wanted a chance to play.

Memphis defense rips George Mason
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Memphis coach John Calipari is constantly riding his players about their defense.

Kenai, SoHi top Skyview
The Kenai Central hockey team defeated Skyview 11-1 Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center in the North Star Conference opener for both teams.

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