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Monday, May 9, 2005

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.

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.

Sexon slam salvages Seattle split with Sox
BOSTON — Richie Sexson hit a wind-blown grand slam off Cla Meredith, who was making his major-league debut, and the Seattle Mariners beat Boston 6-4 in Sunday's second game to split their doubleheader and end a seven-game losing streak.

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.

Hampton's home run helps hammer Houston
ATLANTA — Mike Hampton pitched a two-hitter and homered, and rookie Ryan Langerhans had six RBIs as the Atlanta Braves completed a four-game sweep of Houston with a 16-0 win Sunday, the Astros' 11th straight road loss.

NOW PLAYING: Kingdom of Heaven
At first glance, it would seem audacious to make a movie about the Crusades, considering the world we currently find ourselves in. Couple the conflict in Iraq with the fact that seemingly every other able-bodied Muslim in the middle east seems to be waging jihad against a horde of infidels, and a film about Europe's invasion of the Holy Lands is either incredibly timely, or in very poor taste.

Increase in nuisance bears indicates population too large
Last night, for the third year in a row, brown bears busted into my mom and dad's chicken coop and killed their birds. They tore down a fence and actually broke out a window, climbed in and killed the ducks inside the coop. These are birds my kids helped raise from babies and named. They were pets that would come when you called them. The bears only left when my dad shot to frighten them away.

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.

Laid off Agrium workers in line for federal help
Agrium employees have qualified for federal benefits granted to workers who lose jobs because of pressures from foreign competition.

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.

Driven to shine
Attention to detail is the name of the game when it comes to classic cars. Jeff Wilson of Kenai cleans and cares for his 1969 Chevy Nova so thoroughly he can see his own reflection in it. Wilson's car was one of many entered in the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions' show held in Kenai on Saturday.

Bell rings for after school program
Students at four of five sites of Soldotna's After the Bell program will have to find a new place for homework help and enrichment programs next year. The primarily homework and tutoring program will be less available next school year due to a lack of funding.

Man charged with shooting cop to stand trial this month
The judge in the David Forster case met with attorneys Thursday to iron out details of courtroom procedure for the upcoming murder trial set to begin during the week of May 16. Forster is charged with fatally shooting Kenai Police Officer John Watson on Christmas 2003.

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.

Accused antler thief locks horns with court
A 22-year-old Soldotna man was arraigned last week in Kenai District Court on second-degree burglary and first-degree theft charges in connection with the theft of nearly $70,000 in moose, caribou and elk antlers.

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.

Greenpeace chief denies responsibility in spill law violations
KETCHIKAN (AP) — The chief operating officer of Greenpeace Inc. said her organization bears no responsibility for a ship that operated under the organization's banner in Alaska waters without a spill prevention plan.

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.

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.

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.

Ethhics law doesn't need silence clause
How quickly the Senate majority has forgotten what reform of state ethics laws is all about.

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.

Births
Brittanie and Jacob Cole oof Soldotna Judith and Eric Fischer of Kasilof Chelsea Kaas and Sovala Kisena of Kenai Melissa and Chris Lopez Eric and Katrina Nelson of Nikiski Kristina Pace and Tim Kirsch of Kenai

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

Community Events
Foster family picnic slated Military support group forming Host families needed Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday Gardening classes continue Nursing home to celebrate residents, staff Peninsula fair booked Pop Warner meeting planned Birds of a feather to gather Dinner, auction benefit slated

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

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.

Peninsula people
Adams graduates from UAA Hagen honored Homer cleanup winners announced Students named to college honor roll Lewis joins Navy Moerlein aces math Nusunginya recognized for community service Rohr graduates hospital corps Taylor joins Navy Wisniewski graduates from college Quilters 'foster' love

Community schools
Soldotna Homer

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.

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.

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

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.

Phoenix's Nash named NBA MVP
PHOENIX — Steve Nash invited all of his Phoenix Suns teammates up to the podium when he accepted the NBA's most valuable player award Sunday.

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.

Donovan, L.A. shoot past Rapids
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Landon Donovan scored two goals on penalty kicks in the final 4 minutes of regulation, leading the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday night.

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.

Spurs ground SuperSonics
SAN ANTONIO — Shortly after losing two of their best players, the Seattle SuperSonics had all but lost the game. And it wasn't even halftime yet.

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.

Nadal's clay run continues
ROME — Maybe it's all the bananas and cola Rafael Nadal chugs down during changeovers that keeps him going, chasing down ball after ball in 17 straight clay-court victories.

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.

Uh-oh, Sergio!
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Vijay Singh took advantage of a record-tying collapse by Sergio Garcia and an untimely mistake by Jim Furyk, rallying from six shots behind with a 6-under 66 and winning the Wachovia Championship on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday.

What's a Giacomo?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Still trying to figure out how Giacomo pulled off the second biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history?

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.

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.

Heat walk past Wizards
MIAMI — They gave away a big lead, turned the ball over often, got nothing resembling dominance from either Shaquille O'Neal or Dwyane Wade, and kept sending the Washington Wizards to the foul line.

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