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Monday, May 10, 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.

Kansas City stops streaking Red Sox
BOSTON Darrell May earned his first victory since Sept. 21, Carlos Beltran had three hits with four RBIs and the Kansas City Royals snapped the Boston Red Sox's five-game win streak with an 8-4 victory Sunday.

Pettitte, Astros add to Atlanta's woes
ATLANTA Andy Pettitte won a pitching duel with Russ Ortiz and the Houston Astros defeated the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Sunday, scoring the tiebreaking run when backup Orlando Palmeiro walked with the bases loaded.

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

NOW PLAYING: Van Helsing
My question is, when did the moviegoing public give the cinema over to the theme-park people? Because that's what it is becoming, and fast. This summer's first blockbuster out of the box is no exception. Van Helsing is a rollercoaster; one series of long climbs, followed by breathtaking falls, loop-the-loops, and hairpin turns. And in the end? Why, you're right back where you started, wondering if you really waited in line for this.

Measure advances for initiative change
JUNEAU (AP) A proposed amendment to the Alaska Constitution requiring ballot initiative sponsors to collect signatures from a wider range of voters will head to the ballot in November.

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.

Salmon labeling makes menu
JUNEAU Alaskans eating out in restaurants will know whether the salmon on the menu is wild or farmed under a bill that's passed the Legislature.

Senate nixes tax measures
JUNEAU It's official.

Governor, senator not doing right by people of Alaska
I just received a phone call from the Republican Party asking me to send money for the war chest of Lisa Murkowski to support her United States Senate campaign.

Skyview talent show highlights student stars
The Skyview National Honor Society, Mock Trial Team and Community Schools would like to thank the local businesses and community members for their generous contributions and time in helping to make this year's talent show a wonderful success.

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.

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.

Miller claims he can beat Knowles
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Miller, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and the likely Democratic Party nominee, former Gov. Tony Knowles, agree on so much that the race would turn into a referendum on nepotism over her appointment to the Senate by her father, Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Student drama exposes issues of violence
School violence may not be a pleasant topic to think about, but ignoring the problem doesn't mean it will go away.

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.

Schools adjusting to new law, but not without growing pains
When President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law in 2002, educators across the country reacted with worry and protest. Many said the nationwide standards for education were unrealistic and that the federal government was overreaching its authority.

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.

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.

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

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.

Continuity in leaders now emerges in Asia What others say
In the rough-and-tumble world of Asian politics, there seems to be a common theme this spring continuity.

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.

Patriot Act needs some unhurried examination What others say
The so-called Patriot Act was whipped through Congress in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, and signed a month and a half after the terrorist attacks as an answer to that threat.

No need to face loss alone
People who are grieving the loss of a loved one often feel alone in their grief. Some people desire time alone, but others prefer to talk about their feelings and memories.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Lifeguard class begins today Interfaith shelter meeting slated Gardening class to cover pests CARTS advisory partners to meet LPN graduation planned in Homer Recreational swap meet scheduled Walk for MS seeking walkers, volunteers Kennel club offering agility class Cruise fund-raiser slated Kenai performers plan fund-raiser

Photo feature: Well served
Tony Bannock, a Boy Scout with Troop No. 357, plates up some breakfast in the kitchen, during the Mother's Day Breakfast at the Elks Club on Sunday morning in Kenai. Bannock, a veteran of breakfasts from years past, was invaluable at leading younger scouts through his good example and hard work.

Births
Levi Thomas Bowman Kennedy Mae

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.

Peninsula people
Area students receive scholarships Soldotna resident recognized for excellence Spiroski to graduate with distinction Junior duck stamp winners announced Redmond recognized for excellence

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.

Community News
Interfaith shelter meeting slated Police memorial service set Community cleanup slated Indoor garage sale fund-raiser slated Community awareness workshop planned Volunteers needed to plant flowers, gardens Kenai pool sets summer hours Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign begins Host families needed

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

Club news
Table tennis to resume in fall Boys and Girls Clubs begin summer registration

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.

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.

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

Sindelar's waiting game finally ends
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Fourteen years and 370 tournaments removed from his last victory, Joey Sindelar made it worth the wait Sunday in the Wachovia Championship with an improbable rally and a playoff victory over fast-fading Arron Oberholser.

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.

Sports Briefs
Williams hurts ankle in reaching finalMarquez salvages a draw

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.

Flames cook Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. Overtime suits the Calgary Flames particularly when their goalie seems determined to show his former teammates exactly what they gave up.

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.

Shaq, Lakers block Spurs' run
LOS ANGELES Don't count the Lakers and their Fab Four out just yet.

Spartans sweep borough track meet
The Soldotna Middle School boys and girls track teams amassed identical 167-point totals to outpace their Kenai Peninsula rivals at the 2004 Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School Track and Field Meet Saturday at Skyview High School.

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.

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.

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

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.

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