Sunday, May 8, 2005

Ankiel tries to make comeback in outfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Rick Ankiel's quest to make it back to the major leagues as an outfielder begins with at least one true believer.

Yanks finally get win
NEW YORK — Mike Mussina restored some order to the staggering Yankees on Saturday, pitching a four-hitter in New York's 5-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Reds snap skid against Dodgers
CINCINNATI — Austin Kearns capped a six-run sixth inning with a two-run homer, and D'Angelo Jimenez had three hits as the Cincinnati Reds snapped an eight-game losing streak with an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

Biffle picks up NASCAR victory at Darlington Raceway
DARLINGTON, S.C. — Greg Biffle's chances of winning a race he dominated appeared gone after his Roush Racing team made some late-race changes.

Bill requires labeling genetically altered fish
Genetically altered fish will need to be labeled as such when products are to be sold in Alaska. That's the effect of Senate Bill 25, sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau. The Alaska House approved the measure unanimously Monday. It had previously won unanimous support in the Senate.

City: Don't bank on Soldotna park for fishing
Soldotna Creek Park will be as much fun as it has always been during the next two summers, as long as you're not going there to fish. The popular angling site will be closed this season and next for bank restoration work.

HEA candidates reelected to board
Three incumbent directors were elected to three-year terms on the Homer Electric Association board of directors and nine bylaw amendments were approved, according to a press release.

Will gas gouge tourism?
As Ray and Dawn Toomey, from Brisbane, Australia, travel around Alaska in a motor home, they suspect, all told, they may pay up to $700 extra to fuel the vehicle they have been driving around the state since February.

Burned man still in Seattle hospital
A trust fund has been set up to help David Goggia, the 50-year-old Kenai man burned in an accidental backyard fire Saturday. Goggia remains in the intensive care unit at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle, according to his father, Ed Goggia.

Geraldine Ruth Rouswell
Kenai resident Geraldine Ruth Rouswell died Tuesday, May 3, 2005, from kidney failure and leukemia at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. She was 63.

Games, city get it right
At last week's city council meeting, Games host society President Dale Bagley explained to the council the Games' plan to fund improvements to the city's multipurpose ice facility. Bagley's assurances that the host society would reimburse the city as the project moves along were accepted by the council, which expressed some degree of relief that the plan has finally been worked out.

Wolf deaths troubling
The deaths of a famous black alpha-male wolf from Denali National Park and Preserve that was legally killed by a hunter last month outside park boundaries, and of his alpha-female breeding partner caught by a trapper just two months prior, saddened me deeply.

Governor's jet plan no joke
The understanding reached by the city and the Games is a definite step toward a successful and memorable event next March. Here's hoping everyone stays on the same page until then.

Weddings
Donna Darleen Dobson and Christopher Daniel Edmunds of Soldotna plan to be married Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Bridal Point in Sterling.

Family first
Parenting can often be a thankless job, but not for Kasilof resident Helen Carlson, who was recently awarded the title of Alaska Mother of the Year in Anchorage by American Mothers Inc., in recognition of her achievements in parenting and service to her community.

Around the Peninsula
Library group to meet Tuesday Principal's retirement party planned Peninsula fair booked Seniors to hold garage, bake sales Genealogical events scheduled Swimming pool instructor applications due Retirement open house planned Respite services available

In the hunt for puppy habits
Although puppies are cute, cuddly balls of fur, it is important to recognize that they hail from wild carnivores, as do all dogs, despite being domesticated. As such, understanding some of their behaviors in terms of their wild, predatory counterparts, can sometimes make it easier to understand why puppies do the things they do.

My best friend
Jake, a 6-year-old golden retriever, Morris, a 17-year-old tabby cat and Keela, a miniature doberman, are the loves of their owner's life, T.J. Reed of Soldotna.

Corrales wins after being down in 10th round
LAS VEGAS — Diego Corrales was in trouble. His left eye was closed and a left hook from Jose Luis Castillo had just put him on the canvas for the second time in the 10th round.

SoHi girls, Kenai boys take titles
The Kenai Central High School boys and Soldotna High School girls successfully defended their Kenai Peninsula Borough Track and Field Championships titles Saturday at Skyview High School. Each squad won by a comfortable margin — the Kenai boys accumulated 208 team points to runner-up Soldotna's 124.5, and the Soldotna girls scored 160 points to second-place Seward's 132 — and both squads featured a borough meet record performance.

SkyHi edges Homer
The Skyview boys soccer team defeated Homer 4-3 Friday in Homer in a Northern Lights Conference Southern Division game.

Garcia leads at Wachovia
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sergio Garcia left a world-class field in his wake Saturday, making eight birdies in his first 15 holes for a 5-under 67 that gave him a six-shot lead in the Wachovia Championship.

Stars earn split with Wasilla
The Soldotna and Wasilla varsity soccer teams split a pair of Northern Lights Conference games Friday at Soldotna High School.

Sports views: Zito: 'You are always one minute from nothing'
He had the favorite, a muscular dark bay colt named Bellamy Road, and George Steinbrenner's checkbook behind him.

Mavericks blow out Rockets, advance in NBA playoffs
DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks were merely looking for a good game on both ends of the court. What they got was the most lopsided Game 7 victory in NBA playoff history.

Giacomo stuns field at Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This was payback. Long shot Giacomo did what his sire, Holy Bull, failed to do when he won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday in the second biggest upset in the 131-year history of America's most famous race. It was sweet revenge.

Brady inks contract extension
BOSTON — The New England Patriots have signed quarterback Tom Brady to a six-year extension worth $60 million, a deal that for the first time brings the two-time Super Bowl MVP's salary in line with his accomplishments.

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