Sunday, December 5, 2004

Race on: Mushers sign up for Iditarod
"There's no place like Nome" will be the mantra for close to 100 mushers competing in the 2005 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Photo Feature: Cookie Craze
Delora and Chris Garcia pick their favorites at the Cookies "Buy" the Pound fund-raising event held Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Two long rows of tables were filled with homemade delights. Proceeds benefited the church's youth mission program.

River guides get reprieve
Finding a way to limit Kenai River fishing guides is proving to be a time-consuming project.

EPA digging up dirt on gravel pit water pollution
The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether a Kenai construction company's gravel pit activity was the source of turbid water released into Two Moose Creek and the Anchor River last month, and whether fill material illegally was deposited on wetlands.

Budget gap gone, but caution needed on state spending
Alaska lawmakers have a great opportunity. Alaskans need to make sure they make the most of it. Instead of facing a budget gap of approximately $360 million, the high price of oil is anticipated to send an extra $500 million into the state's treasury, more than enough to cover what was expected to be a shortfall. What that means is instead of having to slash services, the state can now fund existing programs fully and perhaps even bring back some items that have been cut in recent years.

Adjusting to Alaska life
Most people with a pulse choose to do something fun or relaxing or, maybe even exciting with their Sunday afternoons. Sunday afternoons are as pure as peanut butter, and rich like Rolos. They were made especially for me, a common man. You may take my civil liberties and dangle them over my head. You may call me names. You may lie to my face. You may kick my chicken.

Making waves KWJG-FM strives for local flair
The black sheep of Kenai Peninsula radio behaves a little differently than the rest of the flock.

At 5-foot-3, doughnut wedding cake may set record
ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) Carefully, carefully, 1,818 Krispy Kreme doughnuts were built into a 5-foot, 3-inch heap in an attempt to set a world record for the highest doughnut wedding cake.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meet todayYellow ribbon tree under wayTrails association to meetWomen voters to hold luncheon'Toy and Joy' applications being acceptedBand fund-raiser planned

Lives intersect in Thanksgiving wedding
SEATTLE (AP) Down on their luck, Brian Ostertag and James Noriega met on a cold December night in a Seattle homeless shelter.

Planets offer lots of views
Bright Venus will be visible near the southeastern horizon until January. Mars will be above Venus, all the while Venus is passing Mars and closing in on the sun. Mars will then be visible in the morning for the entire winter and spring, appearing more and more toward the west and showing up in the evening sky not until October of next year.

No humbug, tale inspires endless duplications
It's a scene every school child knows: Ebenezer Scrooge haunted at Christmas by the ghost of...a gang member from "Grease"?

Morrisons mark 50 years together
Paul and Darleen Morrison of Kenai will mark their 50th wedding an-niversary Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004.

True Love's traditional Christmas gifts climb to more than $66,000
PITTSBURGH (AP) Forget the birds, trees, jewelry, laborers and performers. How about a new Jaguar, a BMW 7 Series, a Mercedes Benz, or a 1949 Rolex?

Merry Mazeltov?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Every December, Zack and Hilary Rudman used to send out nonsectarian cards with winter scenes and generic holiday greetings.

Giving up a pet? Give up info, too
Bill Godek, chief animal control officer at the Kenai Animal Control Shelter, arrived at work last week to a familiar scene the shelter's outdoor drop-off kennel was filled with puppies, the telltale sign that someone had once again anonymously surrendered animals. No note, no information, no nothing that could help the animals get adopted.

My best friend
Foggy was 8 months old when Jim and Nedra Evenson got him from the pound two years ago. He is one cool cat, the most charming and lovable the Evensons have had, they said. Foggy gets his name from a line in the Carl Sandburg poem "Fog" that reads, "The fog comes in on little cat feet." Foggy claimed this fluted bowl as soon as he saw it.

Colony takes Region III Duals
The Region III Duals were held in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys on Friday and Saturday and were won by the Colony Knights.

ACS wrestlers defend title
Anchorage Christian Schools took first in the debut of the revised Kachemak Conference wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Grace Christian School in Anchorage.

Tri-Valley skaters take two from Bulldogs
The Nikiski High School hockey team was saddled with a pair of lopsided losses to Tri-Valley in Greatland Conference play this weekend, but the Bulldogs continue to improve and are focused on being more competitive as the season progresses. "We played better. We did some things right, and worked on some areas like protecting our own zone," said Nikiski coach Donald Torres after the Bulldogs followed a 15-3 loss Friday with a 10-1 loss Saturday. "We're coming together as a team a little bit, but Tri-Valley, they're a pretty good team."

Bryan twins give United States life in Davis Cup
SEVILLE, Spain The Bryan twins stopped Spain's momentum in the Davis Cup final. Now it's up to Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish.

Area cross-country ski teams battle poor snow conditions
It's never a good sign when area cross-country ski teams have to drive hundreds of miles just to ski 7.2 kilometers.

Florida picks up Meyer
SALT LAKE CITY Coaching Notre Dame is still Urban Meyer's dream job. It just isn't the one he's taking.

SoHi makes lead stand up against Skyview
The Skyview High School hockey team gave Soldotna all it could handle through the second and third periods of play Saturday night, but the Stars made an early lead stand up for a North Star Conference victory at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Colony takes Region III Duals
The Region III Duals were held in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys on Friday and Saturday and were won by the Colony Knights.

Slow-starting Kards top Panthers
The Skyview High School hockey team put an early scare into Kenai Central Friday night, but the Kardinals put together a big third period for a 12-2 North Star Conference win at the Soldotna Sports Center.

UAA skaters top Fighting Sioux Seawolves take WCHA win on road
GRAND FORKS, N.D. Freshman goalie Nathan Lawson made 38 saves, including 17 in the third period, to lead Alaska-Anchorage to a 2-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over North Dakota on Saturday.

Teams find snow in Talkeetna
Ten schools from around the state took part in Susitna Valley's ski race Friday and Saturday at Susitna Valley High School.

Liars, cheats, drugs: Sports keep reflecting society
So Barry Bonds admits he took steroids, but says he didn't know what they were. Yeah, and Carmelo Anthony had no idea there was marijuana in his backpack, or that he was making his acting debut in a DVD where one of his homies warns that drug snitches ''get a hole in their head.''

Navy rolls to easy victory over archrival Army
PHILADELPHIA All that was missing from the patriotic fervor of the traditional rivalry between Army and Navy was competition.

No. 1 Trojans stay perfect
LOS ANGELES Southern California has reached all its goals to this point. Although they were pushed by crosstown rival UCLA, the Trojans made sure they'll get a shot at the one that remains.

Chargers face gigantic challenge against Broncos
SAN DIEGO The team that parity forgot is about to play its biggest game in a long, long time. If the surprising San Diego Chargers (8-3), powered by a motivated lame-duck quarterback and an unstoppable tight end, beat the Denver Broncos (7-4) Sunday, they'll clinch their first winning season since way back in 1995 remember Stan Humphries, Natrone Means and Bobby Ross?

Wake Forest rebounds against Richmond
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Eric Williams had a season-high 21 points Saturday and No. 1 Wake Forest rebounded from its first loss by beating Richmond 90-73.

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