Sunday, May 2, 2004

Giants' Pierzynski torments Florida
SAN FRANCISCO A.J. Pierzynski hit a tiebreaking, two-run single and also had a triple among his three hits in the San Francisco Giants' 6-3 win over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

Yankees, Sierra blow past Royals
NEW YORK Ruben Sierra homered twice and drove in seven runs, and Jon Lieber pitched into the eighth inning in his Yankees debut, leading New York over the Kansas City Royals 12-4 Saturday.

Knee replacement gets patients moving
WASHINGTON Just nine hours after Grover Thomas had his knee replaced, he hobbled home from the hospital. Five days later, he was walking unassisted, no crutch or cane in sight.

Healthy eating on the run
PITTSBURG, Kan. Breakfast from the drive-thru at McDonald's, lunch out of a vending machine and dinner at your favorite restaurant. Sound familiar? Whether it's fast food, takeout or a fancy restaurant, eating out has become part of the American lifestyle. It's also a contributing factor the national obesity epidemic.

Governor threatens veto of school funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski says he may veto an increase in education funding if lawmakers don't pass new taxes or use Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to help pay for government services.

Murkowski turns up heat for action
JUNEAU A special session could be called if lawmakers don't agree to let Alaska voters decide whether to finally tap the permanent fund for state government.

Sales tax change could mean more funds for borough
Since 1965, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has applied its sales tax levy to the first $500 of a sale, rental or service transaction. However, a sales tax proposal scheduled for introduction at Tuesday's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Seward would amend the sales-tax code to apply the tax to the first $1,000, a move that could mean millions in increased sales tax revenues to the borough and its cities

Fleas wanted: City of Kenai in the market for proposals
Kenai shoppers with an itch to do some haggling are in luck: A flea market could be coming to town.

Revenue drop forces CPGH to put freeze on hiring, limit expenses
Central Peninsula General Hospital has put a temporary freeze on hiring and placed limits on overtime and travel as its patient census remained down for the third consecutive month, its finance officer told directors Thursday afternoon.

Scouts rev up for race
Biting his lower lip and staring intently at his creation, Calvin Ledet, a young Cub Scout with Pack 654 from Nikiski, looked anxious as he handed his race car over to Bill Parkar, one of the officials for this year's Pinewood Derby championship.

Photo feature: Raking it in
Trish Thomson works on her yard on Nevada Street in Kenai on Saturday afternoon. She got rid of a lot of leaves, "moose nuggets" and rocks from winter but acquired a blister in their place, she said.

Frank Moore
Sterling area resident Frank Moore died Friday, April 30, 2004, in Sterling. He was 54.

John J. Cunningham
Sterling resident John J. Cunningham died Friday, April 30, 2004, at Central Peninsula

Jack Kinsfather
Nikiski resident Jack Kinsfather died Friday, April 30, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 55.

Our fancy gadgets are dismantling families, complicating our lives
How much technology is too much technology?

Borough should share in expense of animal control
The Kenai Peninsula Borough needs to get involved in some form of limited animal control. A good starting point would be to pay peninsula cities for processing animals unloaded on their animal shelters from outside the cities' jurisdictions.

U.S. options in Iraq limited, don't hold much promise for victory
WASHINGTON President Bush's ''mission accomplished'' is looking more like mission impossible.

Woman finishes art degree 59 years after her first class
It may have taken nearly 10 times as long as a traditional college education, but Clarice Kipp's day has finally come. At 78, the Kenai woman is earning her degree.

Blossom, Adolf plan May ceremony
Debra Blossom of Clam Gulch and Justin Adolf of Kenai plan to be married Saturday, May 22, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony at Kalifonsky Christian Center. Steve Tolliver will officiate.

Home base away from home: McKinley camp set up
MOUNT McKINLEY The Army Chinook helicopter hovered over the Kahiltna Glacier, its blades whipping the surface snow into a glittering white fog as it gingerly touched down.

Piatt, Patton-Wilshusen to marry
Jessica Piatt and Justin Patton-Wilshusen of Kenai became engaged Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004.

Around the Peninsula
Former Nikiski pastor to speakMoose Teen Club to hold car washShotshell, ballistics seminar slatedLa Leche League to meetCommunity cleanup slated

My best friend
Shilo belongs to the Davis family of Sterling and acts like their "other kid."

Wild, domestic animals have potential to harm each other
For many pet owners, the discovery of a lifeless bird or mouse left on the doorstep by their pet tabby cat is an all too familiar sight. This in an unpleasant find for most, but other than how to dispose of it, many people give little thought to the dead creature. After all, the family pet occasionally killing wildlife doesn't cause much harm, right?

Smarty Jones takes Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Here we go again.

Kenai boys, SoHi girls take Kenai Invitational crowns
The Kenai Central boys and Soldotna girls rolled to impressive victories Friday at the six-team Kenai Invitational track and field meet at Kenai Central High School.

Short soccer season is bad for players
The improved level at which soccer is now being played on the Kenai Peninsula has made the current season unacceptable. In order for soccer to grow, the season must grow. If the season does not grow, players will continue to face frustration and an increased risk of injury.

'Dawgs nip Homer for conference win
The Nikiski Bulldogs are growing up fast.

Kenai booters top region rival Nikiski
The Kenai Central High School boys and girls soccer teams played their first games on the peninsula this season with positive results as both squads posted 3-0 Region III Southern Division victories over Nikiski Friday.

Skyview boys outlast Soldotna; Stars girls convert early goal into Region III victory over Panthers
The Soldotna and Skyview high school boys soccer teams put on quite a show Saturday in a Region III Southern Division match at Soldotna.

Sports Briefs
Wrestlers do well at ACS tourneyBonds' trainer will get to retest materialsWilliams could still face retrial and prisonSong leads Chick-fil-AHP ClassicBruno's Memorial Classic

Red Wings lose game, captain
DETROIT The Detroit Red Wings lost captain Steve Yzerman, then the game.

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