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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Cubs' Zambrano shuts down Brewers
CHICAGO — Carlos Zambrano pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning and had two singles and an RBI to help the Chicago Cubs hand the Milwaukee Brewers their first loss of the season, 4-0 Saturday.

Lean on me
PHOENIX — They were always there for each other, J.J. and Logan Hardy.

Yankees storm back from four down to top Orioles
NEW YORK — Ruben Sierra snapped a seventh-inning tie with a three-run homer, and the New York Yankees rallied from four runs down to get Randy Johnson off the hook and defeat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 on Saturday.

Middle school bands join in massive event
Monday marks a massive day for area middle school musicians, as concert bands merge for the Mass Band festival.

Bills aim to spark interest in inlet
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, chair of the Senate Resources Committee, introduced legislation and resolutions through the committee last week that would give companies tax credits and other incentives to explore for oil and gas in the Cook Inlet basin.

Assembly told not to change property tax exemptions
A parade of senior citizens and disabled veterans spoke out Tuesday against a proposed reduction in the borough's currently unlimited property tax exemption extended to those groups and their qualifying surviving spouses.

Northern Dynasty not only one with interest in Pebble
The huge open-pit mine planned by Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. may be further along the road to reality, but other mining corporations also are eyeing a slice of the porphyry pie beneath Southwest Alaska.

Helping homes show off
From cabinets to floors, from windows to doors, the 26th annual Kenai Peninsula Builders Home Show at the Soldotna Sports Center on Saturday, and continuing today, offers a wide variety of useful products, creative ideas and expert advice.

Anna Emma 'Goose' Herrmann-Stroman
Nikiski resident and lifelong Alaskan Anna Emma "Goose" Herrmann-Stroman died Monday, April 4, 2005, at her home in Nikiski. She was 50.

Hilma Herman
Longtime Soldotna resident Mrs. Hilma Herman died Saturday, April 9, 2005, at The Stone Brook Inn II assisted living home in Soldotna. She was 93.

Dolly Spencer
Lifelong Alaskan and longtime Homer resident Mrs. Dolly Spencer died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 75.

UA doing OK: University funds being well used
People who associate universities with academics sitting in ivory towers more than a notch or two away from reality might be in for a pleasant surprise if they studied the University of Alaska, including its Kenai Peninsula College campuses in Soldotna and Homer.

Voices of the clarion: Tripping on democracy
Approaching the Beitbridge border crossing on the South Africa and Zimbabwe border two years ago in a bus, a headline in a newspaper I was reading caught my eye. It said certain areas of the country only had supplies of fresh water to last for a couple of days. The country needed help. Why did I decide to come here, I wondered?

Around the Peninsula
Photographers guild to meet Respite services available YCC applications available Flyball seminar slated Artists and crafters sought

In all directions
As eclectic as the musical direction styles of Arthur Fiedler, Arte Shaw, Aaron Copland and Cottonmouth Darcy, so are the musical preferences of Kenai Peninsula director and conductor Tammy Vollom-Matturro.

Weddings
Gensel, Frey announce engagement Isaak, BeDunnah announce engagement Mahan, Priest announce engagement

My best friend
Heidi Watkins, of Kenai, enjoys taking her 2-year-old lop-eared rabbit, Bun Bun, out for a hop.

Tips for a 'purrfect' upbringing
Kittens are well adapted to learning from their mother and show a strong interest in, and ability to learn from, the behavior of other cats. This is a normal part of their socialization. Kittens will often mirror their mother's attitude toward people, and calm, trusting, well-socialized cats are more likely to have kittens that turn out the same way.

Gabriel nabs coach of year
The Gabriel family's reputation for producing fine hockey coaches and players just took another hit.

Older drivers desire respect
Hmiel had caused an accident that knocked Jarrett out of the short-track race at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend. An angry Jarrett confronted him, and Hmiel replied with an obscene gesture. He later intimated that Jarrett's opportunities to exact revenge were growing shorter.

Upstaged by Ruiz, Gareau finally gets her glory
BOSTON — The cheers had died down by the time Jacqueline Gareau reached the finish line of the 1980 Boston Marathon. On the podium, Rosie Ruiz already was accepting the winner's wreath.

Sports views: Mickelson, Singh battle at more than game of golf
Not all the mud being splattered around Augusta National this week has been caused by rain. Anybody who thought feuds like Shaq and Kobe were too raw for the polite world of golf had better think again.

Can DiMarco hold on?
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Chris DiMarco knows what it takes to win the Masters. Phil Mickelson showed him the way last year, making birdie on five of the last seven holes as DiMarco played alongside in the final group.

Hawks beat Timberwolves, end long skid
ATLANTA — Tyronn Lue scored 23 points, including 12 straight in the fourth quarter, and the Atlanta Hawks beat Minnesota 105-98 Saturday night to end a 14-game losing streak and hand the Timberwolves a devastating blow to their dwindling playoff hopes.

Denver beats Sioux for national title
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Denver made sure the biggest celebration was the last one. Freshman Paul Stastny scored two goals and Peter Mannino made them stand up with an almost flawless performance in goal to help Denver successfully defend its national title with a 4-1 victory over North Dakota on Saturday night.

Shin shelves Magic's Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Grant Hill's comeback season is over, cut short by a sore left shin.

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