Sunday, May 9, 2004

Griffey Jr.belts pair of homers
CINCINNATI Ken Griffey Jr. homered twice, and Barry Larkin added a tiebreaking two-run shot Saturday, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory over the struggling San Francisco Giants.

Reese, Schilling star for Red Sox
BOSTON Pokey Reese hit an inside-the-park home run and added a conventional one the first two-homer game of his career and Curt Schilling pitched his first AL complete game Saturday to give the streaking Boston Red Sox a 9-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Kids can grow, too, with gardening tips
Children are naturals at gardening.

Governor threatens special session
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Murkowski sent a strong message to entrenched Senate lawmakers that a special session is likely without a fiscal plan this year that raises millions for state coffers.

Senate OKs raising bar on initiative process
JUNEAU Activists will have a tougher time getting citizens initiatives to ban bear baiting or move the state capital on the Alaska ballots under a measure approved by the Senate on Saturday.

Internet brings legal help closer
When people who can't afford lawyers need help with family law cases such as divorce, dissolution and child custody, they now can go to computer work stations in six Alaska courthouses for legal forms, instructions and information.

Olson files for Wolf's House seat
A legislative aide to Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, announced Friday he would run for the Alaska House seat from District 33 now held by first-term Republican Rep. Kelly Wolf.

Bear makes presence known on island
A local bruin is ruining the home of some new residents living on a remote piece of property in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Kids soak up safety info
As the expression goes, being in hot water means being in trouble. Organizers and presenters at a water safety event held Saturday expanded on that phrase by explaining to kids that being in water in general can be big trouble especially the cold water in Alaska.

Neil E. Sagerser
Longtime Soldotna resident and pioneer Neil E. Sagerser died Thursday, April 29, 2004, at Desert Banner hospital in Mesa, Ariz. He was 83.

Special session can be avoided; time to act is now
It was only a short time ago when popular wisdom proclaimed it was the dawn of a new age of cooperation in Alaska politics. The Republican stars had aligned perfectly. There was a Republican in the governor's office. Republicans held the majority of seats in both the Alaska House and Senate. There was a Republican in the White House, not to mention Alaska's GOP congressional delegation. By golly, things would be different; great things would be accomplished.

Before long, summer chore will be handed to next generation
It's started again. They're out there, millions of 'em and spreading. If you listen really closely at night, you can hear 'em plotting their morning advance.

Will war help, hurt Bush?
WASHINGTON Wars can help presidents get re-elected or drive them from office.

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to meetSoroptimist to hold recognition programIndoor garage sale fund-raiser slatedDevelopmental screenings offeredNew program being offered for teensElementary closing ceremonies slatedHelp available for home daycare providersIntroduction to rowing set for HomerKenai Performers to hold theater camp

Bering Sea island's shores get spring cleanup
Plastic was everywhere: nets, packing bands, ropes, bottles, floats a myriad jetsam from fishing and shipping fleets, and maybe some runoff from Pacific Rim urban centers, all of it snagged on the volcanic shores of St. Paul Island in the middle of the Bering Sea.

Chile legalizes divorce, despite strong opposition
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) Chile legalized divorce on Friday despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, which warned the move would be harmful to families.

Still stars to see in May sky
The nights for astronomy viewing are getting much shorter these days from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. at the beginning of the month with twilight reducing the time by an additional hour and from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. at month's end with twilight present pretty much the entire night. It never gets really dark because even at midnight, the sun is seven degrees below the northern horizon, so that sunlight is lightening our atmosphere.

Bundle of joy is big surprise for new mom
Rhonda Baisden thought Mother's Day was a holiday that would never apply to her. After about eight years of trying unsuccessfully to conceive, she and her husband, James, figured having a child just wasn't meant to be for them.

My best friend
One-year-old Mittens takes a break from tearing around the house to strike a pretty pose for the camera. Mittens belongs to Bobby, Jolene and Andrea Ross of Nikiski.

Dogs' dinner dos and don'ts
Feeding Fido can seem like a pretty easy task, but it's one that pet owners shouldn't take lightly. How often and how much a dog eats is almost as important as what it gets to eat in regard to its overall health.

Stotts, Floyd fired
The dean of Eastern Conference coaches, Terry Stotts, was fired Friday after 1 1/2 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. That must seem like an eternity to Tim Floyd, who was dismissed by the New Orleans Hornets after just one disappointing season.

Homer boys shut out Seward
The host Homer boys soccer team defeated Seward 4-0 Saturday in Homer to pick up a win crucial to Region III tournament hopes.

Sports Briefs
Williams hurts ankle in reaching finalMarquez salvages a draw

Coughlin probed for minicamp program
The NFL Players Association is investigating complaints about New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin's offseason training program.

Soldotna soccer continues hot play
The Soldotna girls and boys soccer teams continued their solid play of late with victories over Ketchikan Friday at Justin Maile Field at Soldotna High School.

SoHi girls, Kenai boys take titles
Soldotna's Ari Goldstein and Kenai's Mick Boyle led their teams to victory in record-breaking fashion at Saturday's Kenai Peninsula Borough track and field meet held at Skyview High School.

Wasilla sweeps Nikiski
The Nikiski High School girls and boys soccer teams finished the regular season with a pair of losses to the visiting Wasilla Warriors in a nondivision match Saturday.

Timberwolves get series back to 1-1
MINNEAPOLIS With four minutes remaining, the Minnesota Timberwolves faced a 10-point deficit and the prospect of leaving their homecourt down 0-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.

Skyview boys top Wasilla
The first time the Skyview High School boys soccer team played Wasilla this season, during an early season road trip, the Warriors notched a 2-1 win.

Lightning strikes first
TAMPA, Fla. It took the Tampa Bay Lightning just one period to get back into the flow of the playoffs.

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