Monday, April 25, 2005

Singh outlasts Daly
HUMBLE, Texas — Vijay Singh waited patiently for a break in the final round of the Shell Houston Open. John Daly finally gave him a big one on the first extra hole.

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.

Red Sox win wild one in Tampa
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jay Payton hit a grand slam and Manny Ramirez homered one pitch after nearly being hit by a pitch as the Boston Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep with an ejection-filled 11-3 victory over the Devil Rays on Sunday.

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.

NOW PLAYING: The Interpreter
Sydney Pollack is a master of the tense political thriller, though it's a genre we saw much more in the eighties and early nineties than we do now. But, maybe with all the political wrangling we see between Republicans and Democrats, and more relevantly, between the U.S. and the rest of the world, the time is ripe for a resurgence. If so, The Interpreter, a solid, if somewhat predictable, tale of intrigue within the hallowed halls of the U.N., is the perfect forbearer.

Kenai-area hunters should oppose proposed moose hunt
Most Kenai/Soldotna residents probably don't realize that there is a proposed subsistence moose hunt to take place in our local area by other south Peninsula residents from qualifying subsistence areas. Please see my attached letter of opposition for details:

Chamber's parade theme hurts Cook Inlet commercial fishers
I am sorry to say that I am a commercial fisherman who takes offense at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's theme for this years parade which is "Dip Netting on the Kenai."

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.

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.

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?

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.

Hospital looking for new blood in junior volunteers
High school students looking for something to do this summer may find the answer at Central Peninsula General Hospital. The hospital is beginning a junior volunteer program for youths ages 14 to 18, who will be trained to work alongside adult volunteers in helping make patient stays a bit more pleasant.

In the news: Crewman dies after fishing vessel sinks
JUNEAU (AP) — A crewman died after a fishing vessel sank south of Sitka, Coast Guard officials said.

Retirement change under fire
JUNEAU — Future Alaska police and firefighters would lose their death and disability benefits under proposed changes to the state's retirement systems, officers from across the state told lawmakers Saturday.

Vested interest
Nikiski resident David Shoemaker and his family have a vested interest in the safety and well-being of the Kenai Peninsula's only law enforcement dog. Shoemaker recently donated more than $1,200 to purchase a bulletproof and stab-resistant vest for K-9 officer Kazan, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois that has been stationed at the Soldotna E Detachment post of the Alaska State Troopers since 2001.

Winner shows caring through teaching kids preparedness
For 14 years, the Caring for the Kenai competition has encouraged Kenai Peninsula students to think up and act on ideas promoting environmental awareness. In all those years, no Kenai Central High School student has nabbed the championship — until Thursday night.

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.

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.

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.

What others say: House's energy bill makes a lot of sense
The energy bill passed Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives included a few common-sense provisions that deserve to become law.

What others say: Corporations not always the bad guy
The world's leftist agitators love to rail against corporations, delighting in throwing objects through fast-food windows during their occasional violent tirades.

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.

Around the Peninsula
CES hold mock accident today SoHi principal interview set Middle school mass choir slated ICAN celebrates first anniversary Cinco de Mayo celebration set Health care coverage to be discussed Dinner, auction benefit planned

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.

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

Club News
Parade scheduled Beta Sigma Phi to host luncheon Crafters, artists sought Dog classes available

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

Peninsula People
4-H display awards presented

Births
Ginger Ludy Bouton and Bj Bouton, Jr. Lisa and Alec Crabb Jody King and James King Heather and Mark Knudsen Tesa Allemann Sturman and Steve Sturman

Community Events
Class reunion planned Host families needed Community race set to go

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

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.

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.

Shooting woes doom San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs couldn't stop missing, and the Denver Nuggets walked off as winners.

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."

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

Snowstorm saves Minnesota relievers
DETROIT (AP) — Minnesota's overworked bullpen got a couple days off, and the Twins' starters never had to throw a single pitch.

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.

Davenport, Venus Willimas lead U.S. into Fed Cup semis
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams won in singles and the United States claimed the doubles match to sweep Belgium on Sunday and advance to the semifinals of the Fed Cup.

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

Cubs' Wood gets painful first win
CHICAGO — Kerry Wood left early with tendinitis in his right shoulder but still got his first win of the season, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Sunday.

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.

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.

Skyview swept on road trip
Palmer scored twice in a 32-second span to down the visiting Skyview Panthers 3-1 in Northern Lights Conference play.

Day 2 full of intrigue
NEW YORK — Kyle Orton certainly looked like a first-round NFL draft pick when he was tossing touchdowns at a torrid pace and leading Purdue to a 5-0 start.

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.

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.

Kentucky Derby tough to handicap
NEW YORK — One final audition demonstrated how quickly fortunes change on the always unpredictable road to the Kentucky Derby.

Singh outlasts Daly
HUMBLE, Texas — Vijay Singh waited patiently for a break in the final round of the Shell Houston Open. John Daly finally gave him a big one on the first extra hole.

The Heat are on
MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal didn't put up his customary big playoff numbers. Dwyane Wade and Damon Jones made sure it wasn't necessary.

Red Sox win wild one in Tampa
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jay Payton hit a grand slam and Manny Ramirez homered one pitch after nearly being hit by a pitch as the Boston Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep with an ejection-filled 11-3 victory over the Devil Rays on Sunday.

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