Sunday, April 17, 2005

Athletics outlast Angels
OAKLAND, Calif. #&151; After Rich Harden and Jarrod Washburn dueled through eight scoreless innings, Nick Swisher scored from first base on reliever Scot Shields' throwing error in the 10th inning of the Oakland Athletics' 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

Utley, Phillies edge Atlanta
PHILADELPHIA #&151; Jon Lieber outdueled John Smoltz and Chase Utley had a tiebreaking RBI single and game-saving catch, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Yanks want new home
NEW YORK (AP) #&151; The New York Yankees are close to reaching an agreement with city and state governments to build a new stadium, the Daily News reported Saturday.

Board considers eligibility changes
A final decision for new eligibility requirements for high school students involved in school activities will be decided next month.

Governor says options for keeping North Kenai plant open are still availible
Gov. Frank Murkowski met with his appointed Agrium Task Force on Friday at the Peninsula Job Center and identified several key points in an attempt to prolong operations and provide assistance to the Agrium nitrogen plant in Nikiski. The plant is scheduled to close Oct. 31.

Agrium extends deadline for gas proposals
Agrium spokesperson Lisa Parker said at Thursday's Nikiski Chamber of Commerce luncheon that the deadline for gas producers to respond to the company's request for additional gas to continue operating the plant has been extended to May 13.

New executive director excited about Games
Tim Dillon has been keeping plenty busy during his first three weeks on the job as the general manager for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.

Show's focus is outdoor fun
As the snowmachines, skis and dog sleds get put away for another season, out come the four-wheelers, fishing gear and hunting paraphernalia.

Marjorie Ruth Chapman
Kenai resident Marjorie Ruth Chapman died Friday, April 15, 2005, at her home. She was 92.

Jeffrey Lee Hahn
Kasilof resident Jeffrey Lee Hahn died Friday, April 15, 2005, at his home. He was 49.

Harold R. 'Rick' Lawrence
Soldotna resident Harold R. "Rick" Lawrence, known by many as "Vern," died Friday, April 15, 2005, at his home. He was 45.

Zane Haakon Olson
Soldotna resident and University of Alaska Anchorage student Zane Haakon Olson died Friday, April 15, 2005, of natural causes in Anchorage. He was 23.

'Senioritis' setting in
"Hey! In 37 days, 12 hours, 11 minutes and give or take a few seconds, I'm outta here!"

Laws limiting personal choice a slippery slope
Depending on who you ask, adult-themed businesses are either the natural outgrowth of a developing city or a scourge designed to destroy the morals and values of an entire community.

Psychologists say Rudolph's writings give insight into bomber's mind
Eric Rudolph's ''manifesto'' is 11 pages of hate, intolerance and self-justification. Sometimes eloquent, often blunt, it is at once an attempt to influence history and a thinly veiled call to arms.

Schmidt, Cloute announce engagement
Tami Schmidt of Minneapolis, Minn., and Eli Cloute of Fort Atkinson, Wis. will be married Saturday, July 9, 2005, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Kenai. The Revs. Thomas R. Schmidt and Christopher Goelzer and Vicar Daniel Schmidt will officiate.

Around the Peninsula
Relay for Life meeting setSkyview after-graduation committee to meetWellness walk plannedConservation fund-raiser slated

Youngsters learning etiquette is not old-fashioned notion
FRISCO, Texas #&151; Sitting at an elegantly dressed dining table at a country club, 17-year-old Katie Allen can't decide what to do with the long green bean poised on her fork.

Wilson, Zufelt marry in Soldotna
Terri Wilson of Nikiski and Guy Zufelt of Soldotna were married at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005, at Catch of the Kenai Lodge in Soldotna. The Rev. Randy Knowles officiated.

Modzelewski, Samples marry in Florida
Eve Modzelewski and Scott Samples of Florida were married Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, The Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Rev. Jim Lockard officiated.

Cooperative Extension has long history of helping Alaskans
Nancy Veal knows that children love chasing roosters around a building. She has seen it with her own eyes.

Coroner: Baby swings can trigger dog attack
NEW ORLEANS #&151; Rocking your baby to sleep in a mechanical swing can trigger a deadly attack on the child by the family dog, a coroner warns.

Pets abandoned by deployment
HINESVILLE, Ga #&151; The 32 dogs look up with sad eyes or wag their tails as animal control officer Linda Cordry walks the row of chain-link cages toward a door concealing a gas chamber.

My best friend
Soldotna resident Lisa Groleske's cat, Smokey, loves to lay in the sun.

Alaska priest talks of service in Iraq
KETCHIKAN #&151; A U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane twisted and dived through a midnight Iraqi sky last June, maneuvering sharply to avoid any fire from the ground as the plane prepared to land.

Bulldogs split with Grizzlies
The Nikiski High School boys soccer team opened its season with a 1-0 Northern Lights Conference win over Grace Christian at Anchorage Football Stadium Saturday.

Tillman wouldn't opt out of service
PHOENIX (AP) #&151; Four months before he was killed in Afghanistan, Pat Tillman was told that he could opt out of extending his military service because National Football League clubs were clamoring for him.

Streaking Rockets top hot Nuggets
HOUSTON #&151; Tracy McGrady shook off a poor start to score 32 points, Mike James gave Houston a huge lift off the bench and the Rockets won their fifth straight game Saturday night, 115-87 over the streaking Denver Nuggets.

Area track season gets started in Homer
The gun has fired and the track and field season has started with a bang.

Players set to trade gym for field
Kenai Peninsula high school soccer teams have gotten used to cramming a two-month season into five or six weeks over the past few years. The good news for this year's teams as they prepare to jump into competition is that many of them have had opportunities to practice outdoors on a full-sized pitch before their first scheduled game.

Sheffield, fan both should be punished
The beer has been mopped up, the Yankees have left town and now it's up to the wise men who run major league baseball to make sense of just what happened deep in the right-field corner the other night at Fenway Park.

Hutchison picks up national title
Michaela Hutchison, a freshman wrestler on the Skyview High School team this past year, won the 108-pound freestyle division in early April at the FILA Cadet Body Bar Women's Nationals in San Diego.

Culpepper leads U.S. revival in Boston
BOSTON #&151; It doesn't bother Bill Rodgers that no American runner has won the Boston Marathon in 20 years. What bothers him is that so few of the best ones try.

Ward wards off field at Takefuji Classic
LAS VEGAS #&151; Wendy Ward kept her cool and her touch around the greens Saturday for a wire-to-wire win in the Takefuji Classic, her first victory in nearly four years.

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