Saturday, December 18, 2004

Baseball's hot stove sizzles with moves
On a day of big movement in baseball, the New York Yankees are on the verge of claiming the biggest prize of all.

Council stands up to Selig
Linda Cropp just became my favorite baseball player. The chair of the Washington, D.C., city council doesn't own a uniform, won't ever set foot inside a batter's box, and probably couldn't break an egg if she had to throw it off a mound.

Barnstorming ahead for team in limbo?
No longer the Montreal Expos, not quite the Washington Nationals, baseball's sad, homeless ballclub-in-limbo ought to hit the road and barnstorm through the season.

Montana board approves bison hunting
HELENA, Mont. - The hunting of bison that wander from Yellowstone National Park in search of winter forage will resume next month, more than a decade after the practice was canceled amid a barrage of protests from around the country.

Shelving donation much appreciated by Kenai library
On behalf of the Kenai Community Library and the Friends of the Library, I would like to thank Deirdre Cheek, Clerk of Courts, and the Alaska Court System in Kenai for donating shelving from the Law Library of the Kenai Courthouse to the Kenai Community Library. When Deirdre first offered the shelving to the library, Director Ewa Jankowska realized that the shelving would be a great benefit once a proposed library expansion takes place. However, since the library is currently over-crowded, there was no space in the library to store the shelving. Thanks to the creative thinking of some community volunteers, this problem was overcome. Carol Brenckle, Tim Navarre, and Robert Peterkin arranged for the shelving to be moved to the EDD; where Dee Gaddis, Administrative and Accounting Coordinator, approved the use of a room to store the shelving.

Photo feature: Not so bored
Michael Wirz flies off a ramp at Alyeska Resort last weekend during a ski and snowboarding trip arranged through Skyview High School and Soldotna Community Schools. Organizer Bill Holt said he has done the trips, which are announced in area middle and high schools, for the past five years. Locally, skiers are eying the weather forecast.

Group aspires to helping out
Mentors and their students from the Aspirations Mentoring Program pulled together for some volunteer community service in the name of the holidays. Where the mentors and students would normally use their time to talk or play games, the group headed over to The Salvation Army to help with the holiday rush.

Soldotna gets busy building
If you think you've seen a lot of construction in Soldotna during the past 12 months, just wait until next year.

Kenai won't dream of big state funds
Prospects for major state capital funding projects for the city of Kenai aren't good, according to the area's legislative delegation.

Helen McAleenan
Kenai resident Helen McAleenan died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, at her home. She was 47.

Time to prepare for future without major players
The news earlier this week about the Agrium nitrogen plant that the company had settled its longstanding natural gas dispute with Unocal means the plant is guaranteed to remain open through October of next year. But it also means that beyond that, Unocal won't be obliged to supply Agrium with any more gas.

Outdoor Briefs
Refuge opens to snowmachine useWilderness first responder course offered

Frostbite should be treated quickly
The following frostbite information was taken from the Centers for Disease Control Web site www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/guide.asp#frostbite.

Winter skin doesn't have to resemble the landscape
Rugged terrain and deep valleys are words that should be used to describe Alaska's vast wilds and not its residents facial features. However, due to the extreme weather conditions here, that is exactly what the biting winds and dry climate can do to unprotected skin.

Around the Peninsula
Senior citizens to host SantaIce show, food drive plannedBoys and Girls Club to host SantaFish and game to meetCommunity dance planned

Christmas a time of unconditional love, forgiveness
"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and in purpose.

Church Briefs
Holiday service schedules wantedChristmas concert todayAddiction group formingChildren's musical setWomen's prayer group to meetChristmas services slated

Vatican to inspect seminaries in fall
ROME (AP) - The long-awaited Vatican inspection of U.S. Roman Catholic seminaries, which was planned in response to the clergy sex abuse crisis, is expected to begin in the fall of next year, according to Catholic News Service.

Central peninsula skiing touch and go
Spurred by a healthy dose of fresh snow from last weekend, the cross-country skiing on the Kenai Peninsula this week was very good.

Ski photographer's life behind and in front of the camera
OGDEN, Utah - Gary Nate pointed his Nikon at a secret stash of Snowbasin powder, the canvas painted only by two sets of perfect tracks. The clear blue sky formed the backdrop as skier Tom Leavitt, longish hair meticulously spiked, waited for his cue.

Peninsula Cross-Country Ski Trails
A list of popular cross-country ski trails on the Kenai Peninsula

CIA boys, Ninilchik girls open with wins
The Ninilchik High School girls and the Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball teams opened the season in familiar fashion Thursday, picking up wins at the Cook Inlet Classic.

Fox helps Panthers turn season around
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - His team was 1-7 and his list of injured players seemed a mile long. Carolina coach John Fox changed nothing, sticking with his style of cutesy little clichs to pull the Panthers through and prevent them from quitting on him.

High school teams swept in Fairbanks
Kenai, Soldotna and Skyview all lost games Thursday in hockey action in Fairbanks.

Skyview splits at Joe Floyd Tournament
The Skyview boys and girls basketball games split a pair of games Thursday at the Joe Floyd Tournament in Kodiak.

Detroit defense stifles Cleveland
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - When LeBron James shot two airballs on a single possession in the first quarter, it was a sign of things to come.

No. 4 Texas women topple North Texas
DENTON, Texas - Jamie Carey scored a career-high 30 points to lead No. 4 Texas to a 79-54 victory over North Texas on Thursday night.

Hobbs resurrects GW into the Top 25
WASHINGTON - Three years ago, the best reason to go to a George Washington basketball game was to watch first-year coach Karl Hobbs throw a tantrum.

Notre Dame's image becomes more tarnished
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The goals are as lofty as they were in Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy's day, the demand as unforgiving.

Plushenko, Slutskaya favored in GP Final
BEIJING - Evgeni Plushenko and Irina Slutskaya weren't even expected to compete in the Grand Prix Finals. Now, the Russians are the favorites.

Seahawks, Jets struggle toward the finish line
The Jets and Seahawks are disgruntled winners.

Domestic animal diseases can endanger wildlife populations
There is always a concern about the potential transmission of diseases from wildlife populations to both humans and domestic animals. West Nile Virus (WNV) is one example of a disease spread by wild birds and mosquitoes that has been in the media spotlight in recent years. It is only recently that wildlife managers, conservationists, and biologists have focused their attention on the reverse pattern; the spread of contagious diseases from domestic animals into wildlife populations. Many of these wildlife diseases are viewed as "emerging" particularly as we introduce species around the globe and as our domestic plants and animals encroach on natural habitat.

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