Monday, May 30, 2005

Prior goes on DL, Lee hits two homers to improve Cubs' mood
CHICAGO — Derrek Lee hit two homers for the second straight game and the fourth time this season, leading the injury-plagued Chicago Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

Red Sox break slump by ripping Yankees
NEW YORK — Edgar Renteria hit a grand slam, Manny Ramirez got four singles and the Boston Red Sox broke out of their slump with 27 hits in a 17-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday that snapped a four-game losing streak.

Experts portray grisly scene
Jurors in the Kenai murder trial of David Forster on Friday were told Kenai Police Officer John Watson likely was on the ground on his hands and knees when he was shot and killed on Christmas 2003.

Bring on the kings
Gone are the tule geese and harlequin ducks that lined the still banks of the Ninilchik River as recently as last week, replaced by hordes of active anglers with rubber waders, mesh vests and graphite rods in their hands.

Kenai Alternative sets 25 students into the world
There is a quality of genuineness at Kenai Alternative High School and it showed at the school's commencement for the class of 2005. The ceremony was held at the Kenai Boys and Girls Club gym May 19.

Pebble tries to dig up power
According to a Homer Electric Association official, any future contract to supply electrical power to Northern Dynasty Mines' Pebble project would not affect the power bills paid by the utility's other consumers.

Reason to celebrate
Graduation speeches are typically saturated with comments about new beginnings and transitional phases. For one 2005 graduate, the notion of starting over couldn't be more true. Two days before Christmas 2003, Nicole Harmon was broadsided by a tow truck after she lost control of her car on the ice-covered Kenai Spur Highway. It was an accident that nearly killed her. She suffered traumatic brain damage and for all intents and purposes, life as she knew it was over.

Mary Mack
Kenai resident Mary Mack died Thursday, May 26, 2005, in Kenai. She was 38.

Richard Michael 'Mike' Romer
Kenai resident Richard Michael "Mike" Romer died Thursday, May 26, 2005, near Kasilof. He was 20.

Teachers earn recognition for being class acts
Despite all the current grumblings about education in our country, there also are many positive things happening right here in our community.

Voices of the Clarion: Turn off that television
I was watching television yesterday. They showed an interview with a woman who was watching a man threaten to jump off a crane. She said, "It's like watching a reality TV show."

Much from the Muck
On your knees, with one arm up to the elbow in cold sand, you wonder if the fight is really worth it. You wonder if you've got what it takes to outlast an opponent whose desire to win the battle is without question. Maybe if your life depended upon it, maybe if your very survival was at stake, you'd feel more confident. Your fingers slip. Water begins to pour into the hole you've dug. Sand and shell conspire to loosen your grip. The beast holds fast, pulls with every bit of strength in its unseen body.

Around the Peninsula
Temporary shelter available Soccer camp set for kickoff Swim lessons available KPBSD inventory reduction sale set Search on for Skyview principal Seniors plan garage sale Golf tourney set

My best friend
Darby McMillan of Soldotna's white Lhasa Apsos, named Charlie Brown, likes visiting with Lucy, a miniature poodle, who belongs to McMillan's grandmother, Barbara Eastham.

Restrained pets are safe pets
From minor scratches and abrasions to serious, life-threatening injuries, late spring and summer are the times of the year when veterinary clinics are bombarded by dogs and cats that have been hit by vehicles. Losing a pet in this manner can be a devastating tragedy for a pet owner, compounded by the fact that, for many, the accidents were easily avoidable.

Spurs grab 3-0 lead on Suns
SAN ANTONIO — Their offense already was clicking. Now the San Antonio Spurs have their defense cranked up, too, and that might leave the Phoenix Suns out of ways to beat them.

England edges U.S. men
CHICAGO (AP) — Even a second-rate England squad was too much for the Americans to handle.

Flying saucers invade Kenai
The disc golf craze has arrived on the central Kenai Peninsula. The Kenai Eagle Disc Golf Course, located in East End Park, is ready for play and is free to the public. According to the Web site, the Kenai Eagle course is the seventh disc golf course in Alaska.

Safin talks himself to victory at Open
PARIS — Cap backward, his dialogue with himself rarely pausing, Marat Safin negotiated around danger once more in his zigzag path through the French Open for a shot at a second straight Grand Slam title.

It's end of the line for many coaches
The sports of track and cross country are those hardest hit by coaching resignations at Kenai Peninsula high schools this year.

Crosby could revive NHL
LONDON, Ontario — The prediction seemed preposterous at the time: A kid named Sidney Crosby had the potential to one day challenge Wayne Gretzky's records.

Sports views: Rice, Rickey live in past
Rickey Henderson once was trying to explain why he deserved a few million more dollars to play baseball than his team at the time was offering him.

Gordon chasing teammate in Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. — Jeff Gordon is normally unflappable, able to jump with ease from the seat of a speeding race car to a gig hosting ''Saturday Night Live.''

Devenney departs after 14 years
Those who came to know Mark Devenney the best over his 14 years at Soldotna High School say he is just as hard to summarize as he will be to replace. Devenney, 61, is retiring as a teacher, track and field coach and cross country coach.

Detroit ready to defend home court
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Detroit Pistons snatched home-court advantage away from the Miami Heat by splitting the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals on the road. That didn't satisfy Chauncey Billups.

Gordon says Patrick has unfair advantage
CONCORD, N.C. — Robby Gordon accused Danica Patrick of having an unfair advantage in the Indianapolis 500 and said Saturday he will not compete in the race again unless the field is equalized.

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