Sunday, December 21, 2003

Rodriguez still waits for deal
NEW YORK Alex Rodriguez's agent headed home to California on Saturday, blaming the Red Sox and Texas Rangers for the collapse of the deal that would have sent the shortstop to Boston.

Garcia re-signs with Mariners
NEW YORK Seattle pitcher Freddy Garcia agreed to a $6,875,000, one-year contract Saturday night, while teams dumped 58 players onto the free-agent market when they didn't offer them 2004 contracts.

Mabeus takes step toward big-league dream
Chris Mabeus, who was raised in Soldotna and played baseball for the Soldotna Little League, the American Legion Post 20 Twins and the Peninsula Oilers, has not realized his dream of playing in the major leagues yet.

Moose road kills up over last year
Moose road kill totals on the Kenai Peninsula are up significantly over this time last year.

Governor's solutions not popular
If comments offered this week by Kenai Peninsula state lawmakers are any indication, Gov. Frank Murkowski may have his work cut out trying to convince the Legislature to go along with some of the taxes and other provisions proposed in his fiscal year 2005 operating budget.

Kenai Marine earns top secret job
The first time Travis Howell's mother, Deloma, saw her son on television, he was being saluted by the President of the United States.

Co-workers aim to benefit shelter animals
A small group of animal lovers have gotten together to make life a little bit better for a few animals unfortunate enough to find themselves without a home this holiday season.

Ruth I. Bedwell
Soldotna resident Ruth I. Bedwell died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at her home. She was 49.

Questions need to be asked, answered for ferry plan to float
The idea of a transportation route to Anchorage across Turnagain Arm is not a new one.

Holiday gives us an opportunity to reflect on gifts, drawbacks of getting older
What happened? I swear it was just a month ago we were ringing in the new year.

Graduation tests need examination
Diploma denied. Hundreds of high school seniors could hear these words from Alaska's schools this spring. This is the first year the High School Qualifying Exam (HSQE) is scheduled to determine a student's eligibility to graduate.

Residents go all out to shine bright
Jay C. Smith couldn't find Christmas lights in the colors he wanted for sale, so he improvised. He bought 12 strings of all-white mini Christmas lights and 12 strings of all-red mini Christmas lights, then spent hours swapping lights to make 24 strings of alternating red-white mini Christmas lights.

Around the Peninsula
Christmas trees available in refugeKennel club offering dog classesBasketball registration beginsFish and Game committee to meetFrontier board meeting slatedAssistance available for commercial fishersSki team plans fund-raiserAnnual reading carnival seeks vendorsVolunteers sought for air quality research

Lucky duck returns to wild with new clan
LUBBOCK, Texas Who is the duck who can take an arrow through the neck?

Name game: Fun or frustrating?
Max, max, bo-bax, banana-ana, fo-fax, mi-my, mo-max ... Max.

My best friend
Holly Lynn Heazlett of Nikiski thinks her horse, Elvis, is king.

UConn beats Iona by 50
HARTFORD, Conn. Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor had just about everything covered for Connecticut.

Nikiski boys, girls notch sweep of Soldotna
Nikiski's Krystal Gladden made one of two free throws with one second remaining to help the Nikiski girls to a 37-36 win Saturday in nonconference action at Soldotna High School.

Homer girls hold on against Seward
A furious Seward rally in the fourth quarter nearly brought the Seahawks back from a 17-point, third-quarter defecit, but Homer held on for a 53-47 victory. Seward got six points each from Breanna Bardarson and Emma Seigel to outscore the Mariners 18-7 in the final quarter, but it wasn't quite enough to overcome a balanced Mariner attack.

Flyers snap slide by whipping Islanders
PHILADELPHIA Jim Vandermeer had his first two-goal game in the NHL, and Robert Esche made 18 saves in his return from injury to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday.

CIA boys claim Cook Inlet Classic
Three straight wins and a tournament championship not a bad way to start a season. Still, the Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team is looking for improvement.

Patriots nip Jets behind nice defense
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The New England Patriots can thank their defense for wrapping up their 11th straight win.

Kenai Central hockey ties Houston, loses to Chugiak
The Kenai Central hockey team dropped a nonconference contest Friday at Chugiak 7-0. Shane Wheeler scored two goals to lead the Mustangs.

Sports Briefs
Area skiers compete in Besh CupJudge in Bryant case delays action on key issuesWilliams visits Bulls, vows to play again

James makes himself right at home in Jordan's house
CHICAGO LeBron James did the No. 23 proud in his idol's house.

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