Sunday, April 24, 2005

Cards' Mulder gets the better of Clemens in pitcher's duel
ST. LOUIS — Mark Mulder threw a 10-inning shutout, outpitching Roger Clemens in a marquee matchup and leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Houston Astros 1-0 Saturday.

Rangers, injured Wright increase Yanks' misery
NEW YORK — Chan Ho Park pitched impressively into the seventh inning, while oft-injured Jaret Wright walked off the mound with a shoulder injury Saturday during the Texas Rangers' 10-2 victory over the Yankees.

Busch cruises to Phoenix win
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kurt Busch knew he had the best car Saturday night, but he had to keep coming from behind to prove it.

Council chilly toward rink work without money first
Gambling on whether to spend money you don't have is not an easy decision. Unfortunately for the Kenai City Council, such a choice could be on the horizon.

Darling indicted in death of his wife
A 41-year-old man serving time in federal prison for insurance fraud was indicted by a Kenai Grand Jury on Friday in the 1997 death of his wife. Jay R. Darling was formally charged with one count of first-degree murder for allegedly killing his wife, Wanda Wood Darling, in Homer on or about Aug. 24, 1997.

Agrium won't seek royalty gas
Agrium is not willing to petition the state of Alaska to purchase state-owned natural gas to keep its North Kenai fertilizer plant open, said Agrium spokesperson Lisa Parker at Friday's task force meeting.

Bylaw bargaining — HEA ballots let members choose
Should a person who sells plumbing supplies be allowed to serve on the board of directors of the Homer Electric Association?

Donald C. Fitzpatrick
Longtime Nikiski resident Donald C. Fitzpatrick died Thursday, April 21, 2005, at his home in Kenai. He was 43.

Jean Carol White
Longtime Nikiski resident Jean Carol White died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, from pancreatic cancer at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 73.

Voices of the Clarion: Nothing 'hot' about IRS
American culture has sunk to a new low. Don't argue with me on this, because proof can be found in the bastion of all that's standard and official: the Internal Revenue Service.

Workers' comp bill would be benefit to all
There's been a lot of talk going around lately about workers' compensation reform. It's about time. In the last few years, insurance premium rates have skyrocketed, and there's no sign that things are about to get better. In fact, they're only picking up speed.

Service with a smile
Bonnie Nichols doesn't have to look for the good things life has to offer — they seem to find her.

Around the Peninsula
Beta Sigma Phi to host luncheon Red hat parade scheduled Middle school mass choir concert slated Preschool fund-raiser slated 'Dunker' training available Carnival set

Limitless Grace
When Grace Merkes' name is spoken out loud, some think of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member, eight people think of their mom, 27 think of their grandmother, and a whole lot of people think of the long-time Sterling resident who puts in hours and hours volunteering to help the community.

Knorr, Wohlers announce engagement Poole, Reger announce engagement Saltzgiver, Weisz announce engagement

Bear in mind pet safety
As the human population on the Kenai Peninsula continues to grow and encroach into the habitat of wild animals, it no doubt increases the potential for interactions with pets and wildlife, but there is a simple solution — keep pets under control.

My best friend
Missy, 11 months old, spends her days running around town and shopping with her retired mom, Gloria Ely of Kenai. There is nothing she doesn't like to eat and she prefers to sit at the table.

SoHi kickers topple Nikiski
The Soldotna boys soccer team defeated host Nikiski 2-1 Saturday in a key Northern Lights Conference Southern Division matchup.

Kenai boys take Skyview Invite
The Kenai Central High School boys track and field team ran away from the pack to claim the team title at the Skyview Invitational Saturday on the Skyview High School track. "Holy cow, that was unbelievable," said Kenai coach Liz Burck after watching her boys team score 112 points to runner-up Juneau-Douglas' 83. "It's not more than I expect from them, it's just there was such good competition."

Nikiski soccer teams sweep Seward
After rain and snow forced postponements of several games this week, the Nikiski High School soccer teams finally got the ball rolling on the central Kenai Peninsula Friday, hosting Seward in a Northern Lights Conference Southern Division match.

Danielson holds off Armstrong at Tour
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Lance Armstrong made a late surge on the steep climbs of snowy Brasstown Bald, but at the end he yielded to teammate Tom Danielson.

Singh joins Coles at top of Houston Open
HUMBLE, Texas — Defending champion Vijay Singh fought off windy conditions and a slow start Saturday, shooting a 2-under 70 to join Australia's Gavin Coles at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Shell Houston Open.

49ers choose Smith No. 1
NEW YORK — After a week of trade rumors and intrigue, the only drama in this NFL draft was the long wait for Aaron Rodgers.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski club wrestles in Chugach tourney Kenai boys drop two on road Mosley wins first comeback fight

Rockets get jump on Mavericks
DALLAS — The jaw-dropping baskets by Tracy McGrady were expected. The clutch baskets by Mike James and Jon Barry? Well, that's why McGrady feels so good about his chances of finally winning a playoff series.

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