Sunday, May 1, 2005

Yankees snap three-game losing streak
NEW YORK — Chien-Ming Wang thrived in his major league debut, and Tony Womack hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning to help the New York Yankees snap a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Griffey homer can't save Reds
MILWAUKEE — Ken Griffey Jr. hit his first home run this season, No. 502 of his career, but the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 Saturday on Damian Miller's game-winning single in the ninth inning.

Earnhardt, Waltrip still tough to beat at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip will start near the back of the field Sunday in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Nobody expects them to stay there long.

Truex wins Busch event
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Martin Truex proved he's just as good at restrictor-plate racing as his boss is, winning his second consecutive Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday.

Taxes, borough budget top assembly's meeting agenda
Folks showing up for Tuesday evening's once-a-year Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting in Seward will have a chance to speak their minds on a host of subjects, from proposed changes in the tax law to how much the borough gets to spend in fiscal year 2006.

Hold on to your hats
In the 16 years John and Suzie Cook have owned the Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof, they've accumulated some wild stories.

Homer fire up to 800 acres
Firefighters on Saturday scrambled to contain a forest fire that had burned more than 800 acres approximately 8 miles out East End Road near Homer on Saturday. According to Rick Jandreau with the Alaska Division of Forestry in Soldotna, the area is rife with beetle-killed spruce trees, which makes the area particularly susceptible to burning.

Men arraigned for rash of area burglaries
Two Sterling men were arraigned in Kenai District Court on burglary charges in conjunction with recent business break-ins in Sterling and Soldotna. Andrew McCollom, 29, and Christian A. Gaxiola, 26, were formally charged in Magistrate Jerry D. Anderson's court on second-degree burglary charges. McCollom also was charged with two counts of third-degree theft.

James Michael 'Mike' Dyer
Nikiski resident James Michael "Mike" Dyer died Thursday, April 28, 2005 at his home in Nikiski. He was 41. Funeral services will be held in Yale, Mich. Local arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Chun R. Cho
Soldotna resident Chun R. Cho died Saturday, April 30, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 48. Arrangements are pending with Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Ruby Hales
Kenai resident Ruby Hales died Saturday, April 30, 2005 at her home. She was 57. Arrangements are pending with Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Voices of the Clarion: Strange days indeed
How appropriate that today is May Day, although I'm thinking more along the lines of "Mayday."

Community must always be vigilant
Springtime is a time of remarkable renewal. When the first serious rays of sunshine began hitting the Kenai Peninsula a week ago, dandelions, green grass and even fireweed buds quickly began to poke their heads from the cold ground and look to the light of day for the first time since last fall. Birds have begun to return, and soon fish will again be flooding into area lakes and streams.

Shoring up
Southcentral Alaska in the springtime is a magnet for huge flocks of shore-dwelling creatures that spend their time here traveling from beach to beach, meticulously scanning the sand for signs of life.

Around the Peninsula
Community wildfire planning meetings set Gray to speak at chamber Gardening classes offered Day of prayer slated Pancake breakfast set Carnival planned

Have brains when picking birds
Pet birds can enrich their owner's lives in a variety of ways but, as with any potential pet purchase, it is not something that should be done on an impulse or a whim. It is important to do some research and make careful considerations to ensure that the bird you choose will best suit your lifestyle and pocketbook.

My best friend
Brandy, 5 years old, works Monday through Saturday at Trapper Johns Gun Shop in Kenai with her pop, John Brinegar of Kenai. She loves her customers and they love seeing her.

Kenai, SkyHi booters split
Haley Mishler booted the Kenai Central High School girls soccer team to its third win in as many days, scoring twice and adding an assist in the Kardinals' 3-2 Northern Lights Conference-Southern Division win Saturday at Kenai. In Saturday's boys game, the Panthers easily handled the Kardinals, winning 6-0.

The Kenai Central boys team dominated the 2005 Homer Invitational track and field competition Saturday on a smoky day at Homer High School.

Palmer booters post victories over Nikiski
The Palmer girls and boys soccer teams swept host Nikiski in Northern Lights Conference action Friday.

Toney, at 36, outpoints Ruiz for WBA crown
NEW YORK (AP) — With a cigar in hand and the WBA championship belt displayed above him, James Toney wasn't disappointed he didn't completely fulfill his promise.

Soldotna girls top Knights
The Soldotna High School girls soccer team weathered a ferocious storm of shots from the Colony Knights, then broke free to score the only goal of the match for a 1-0 Northern Lights Conference victory Friday at Soldotna. In the boys match, the Knights were able to find some space on Soldotna's small field in the second half to notch a 4-1 win.

Terry helps Mavs even series with Rockets
HOUSTON — Jason Terry might never pass enough to earn favorable comparisons to Dallas' previous point guard. That's OK with the Mavericks, as long as Terry keeps scoring the way he did in Game 4.

Osborne wants to rule Nebraska
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne plans to seek the Republican nomination for governor instead of a fourth term in Congress.

Selig wants to toughen drug policy
NEW YORK — Baseball commissioner Bud Selig asked players to agree to a 50-game suspension for first-time steroid offenders and a lifetime ban for a third violation under what he called a ''three strikes and you are out approach'' to doping.

Pats' Cassel shuns label of 'Next Brady'
FOXBORO, Mass. — Matt Cassel already has enough in common with Tom Brady to draw comparisons to the two-time Super Bowl MVP.

Sports views: Different Dodgers are good Dodgers, as long as they win
Fleece Blanket Night at Dodger Stadium sure seemed like a good idea. Some 54,387 fans turned out earlier this week, lured by a game with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the promise of a Dodger blue blanket celebrating past World Series championships.

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