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Monday, May 3, 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.

Mussina, Yanks toss Torre 800th win
NEW YORK Mike Mussina pitched seven innings, Hideki Matsui hit a go-ahead single and the New York Yankees won their sixth straight game Sunday with a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Garcia homer boosts Mets
SAN DIEGO Former Peninsula Oilers star Danny Garcia hit his first major league homer in the ninth inning for the New York Mets, who avoided a three-game sweep and completed a 3-6 road trip with a 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres Sunday.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Envy
What do you get when your best friend finds fabulous fortunes after designing an amazing spray that , inexplicably

Bill for Anchorage casino fails on close House vote
JUNEAU A bill that could lead to a casino opening in Anchorage narrowly failed in the House on Saturday, but it could come up for another vote today.

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.

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.

Time for borough residents to change form of government
While attending the April 6 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, I witnessed the most arrogant display of disrespect and disdain for our representative form of government by an elected official, since President Nixon was forced to resign after the Watergate scandal.

Soldotna seniors appreciate generosity of businesses
Soldotna area seniors would like to recognize and greatly thank Gary Foster and Lynden Transport Inc. for their generous transportation donation of the center's new ADA vehicle from Washington to Alaska.

Many contribute to great evening for senior citizens
"Let me call you sweetheart" were the words of the beautiful and timeless song welcoming senior citizens to the 15th annual Senior Sweetheart Dinner on Feb. 28 hosted by Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ.

Gordon wins second straight
FONTANA, Calif. No flying beer cans and jeers for Jeff Gordon on Sunday at California Speedway. It was all cheers and smiles as the California native won his second straight NASCAR Nextel Cup race.

Bikers bid farewell to slain Kenai officer
With the exception of the more than 100 long-haired, leather-clad, tattoo-brandishing bikers rumbling in on their motorcycles, it was pretty much like any other Sunday service at the Kenai Christian Church.

Dispute heading to arbitration
At least parts of a complex legal dispute between Agrium Inc. and Union Oil of California over critical natural gas supplies to Agrium's Nikiski fertilizer plant heads for arbitration later this month.

LIO Schedule
Today 1:30 p.m.

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.

Budget talk expected to be absent from school board meeting
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will have a brief reprieve from budget talks and an opportunity to get back to the business of education today.

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

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.

Rolling along
Lorie and Steve Baggett in-line skate on the Unity Trail with their dog Bandit on Saturday afternoon. Nice weather was an excuse for many people who chose to stretch their legs last weekend.

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.

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.

Gerald E. Foster
Nikiski resident Gerald E. Foster died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 67.

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

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

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

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.

Cargo containers pose threat to U.S. security
The 6 million cargo containers that are shipped to the United States each year represent an enormous soft spot in our nation's security.

Democrats fear deja vu
WASHINGTON It's a recurring n

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.

Airport security still must be improved
An investigation by the Homeland Security Department has uncovered shocking facts: Government workers aren't more efficient than private sector employees.

Births
Mystie Falconer and Mark Gattenby of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Faith-Lynn Rose Gattenby, Sunday, March 21, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Innes passes on medical training in Africa
A 1991 graduate of Kenai Central High School recently had the opportunity to work in Ethiopia after being awarded a traveling fellowship by Or-thopaedics Overseas.

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

Homer Community Schools
Personal Protection-Alaska Concealed Carry with Pat Johnson, NRA certified instructor

Peninsula People
Area youth awarded scholarships Sizemore earns scholarship Kenai man completes basic training University of Idaho graduates area students Vadla wins VFW art program

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.

Community news
Shot shell, ballistics seminar slated Army band to perform Summer clubhouses slated in Kenai Host family needed Kenai class to celebrate 40-year reunion Class of 1984 to hold reunion Navy reunion planned

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

Nikiski senior named Youth of the Year
If 18-year-old Kristofer "Kris" Dent is any indication of the quality of young people today, then Alaska's future is secure.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
lifeguard class begins today Kenai council final work session set Husband-coached child class set Gardening class to cover edibles Boys and Girls Club registration set Relay for Life information available Kenai Performers to hold theater camp PenDOG offers videos

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?

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

Goldstein doubles at Bartlett Chaos
Soldotna High School's Ari Goldstein built upon her solid 2004 track and field season with wins in both the 800 and 1600 meter runs Saturday at the Bartlett Chaos Meet in Anchorage.

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

Primeau lets his stick do the talking
PHILADELPHIA Keith Primeau backed up his challenge and prediction.

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.

Undefeated Derby winner moving on
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones licked up his tub of feed, smacked around a net full of hay, looked ''great'' on Sunday, and is likely headed to the Preakness is two weeks.

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.

Spurs sink Lakers in Game 1
SAN ANTONIO The Los Angeles Lakers had a fourth-quarter plan: Get the ball inside to Shaquille O'Neal. The San Antonio Spurs answered with a better idea: Get the ball outside to Tim Duncan.

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.

Mickelson closing in on another win
NEW ORLEANS Phil Mickelson stayed away from golf for two weeks after winning the Masters. He wanted to have some fun before returning to work.

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.

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

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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