Sunday, June 5, 2005

Twins earn split in season opener
The American Legion Twins baseball team started its season strong Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial park in Kenai, backing up a solid pitching performance with an early 3-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Twins defense did not hold up as the visiting Bartlett Bears posted three unearned runs in the ninth inning to swipe a 4-3 win.

Cardinals hold off Astros in slugfest
HOUSTON — Reggie Sanders hit a grand slam and pitcher Jason Marquis added a two-run homer during an eight-run third inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Houston Astros 11-9 Saturday.

Late offensive flurry by Angels overwhelms Red Sox
BOSTON — Garret Anderson homered and drove in four runs, Darin Erstad added four RBIs and the Los Angeles Angels scored 11 times in the final three innings to rally past the Boston Red Sox 13-6 Saturday.

Forster found guilty
David Forster was convicted by a Kenai jury Friday of murdering Kenai Police Officer John Watson in the Kenai VIP Subdivision on Christmas 2003.

Relaying the message of hope
Lee Bowman walks with his friend Sara Loehr during a lap for cancer survivors that kicked off Friday and Saturday's Relay For Life at Skyview High School.

Forster found guilty
David Forster was convicted by a Kenai jury Friday of murdering Kenai Police Officer John Watson in the Kenai VIP Subdivision on Christmas 2003. The jury, which Superior Court Judge Donald Hopwood sent into deliberations just after noon, reached its verdicts at about 4:30 p.m.

Kenai's budget back in black
The Kenai City Council is comfortable with its budget numbers for fiscal year 2005-06. The budget is $20,000 in the black. While the city appropriates more than it takes in, there is an estimated 7 percent of those funds it historically does not spend, which equates to the roughly $20,000 surplus in the budget. The approved general fund is now $9,687,890.

Blood bank van bought with area fund raising sent to Anchorage
A van, formerly known as the Kenai Peninsula Express, was adopted recently due to mechanical problems — but there was nothing wrong with the van itself.

Lawmakers tout shorter sessions
A bipartisan trio of state lawmakers has applied to petition for a ballot initiative to limit legislative regular sessions to 90 days.

Warren Moore
Soldotna resident Warren Moore died at Heritage Place on Tuesday, April 5, 2005. He was 102.

Marcia Lynne Carter
Kenai resident Marcia Lynne Carter died Saturday, May 28, 2005, of natural causes at her home in Kenai. She was 60.

Pamela Mary Bradbury
Kenai resident Pamela Mary Bradbury died Thursday, June 2, 2005, at her home. She was 76.

New concepts: Shorter sessions, working together
It's hard to believe Alaskans would be against anything that would save us money. That's a good reason to listen to what Sens. Thomas Wagoner, R-Kenai, and Gretchen Guess, D-Anchorage, and Rep. Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, are proposing.

Making the most of Compost
To the misinformed, backyard composting can seem like a rotten time, but to those in the know, it can be an easy way of turning garbage into gold — black gold, that is, since the end result is real pay dirt.

Dragons not as scary as they seem
Although many may think dragons are the stuff of fairy tales and folklore, they are mistaken. Dragons are alive and well and quickly becoming one of the most popular reptiles in the pet trade. Dragons, or bearded dragons to be specific, are a type of small lizard native to arid, rocky, semi-desert regions of the Land Down Under — Australia.

My best friend
Shyann, an American bulldog, loves to play with her friend Annastashia. Shyann is owned by Nancy and Paul Wilson of Kenai.

Finally, a U.S. crowd
SALT LAKE CITY — Landon Donovan, Brian McBride and Kasey Keller gave a rare pro-American soccer crowd a lot to cheer about.

Nadal, Puerta to slug it out for men's crown
PARIS — In French they're ''les deux gauchers'' — the two left-handers. At the French Open, one of them will become ''le champion.''

Pistons force Game 7 on Heat
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The bus carrying the losing team pulled away from the loading dock exactly 48 minutes after the final buzzer sounded, the mood of the Miami Heat as foul and their answers as pithy as their exit was hasty.

Newman confident about racing at Dover
DOVER, Del. — Ryan Newman believes he has the answers when it comes to racing at Dover International Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is trying to regain the advantage he once had on The Monster Mile.

Sports views
If only life did imitate art. Boxing could use some story lines as good as those in theaters these days.

Henin-Hardenne wins French Open title
PARIS — Grand Slam, indeed! Justine Henin-Hardenne slammed Mary Pierce grandly in the French Open final on Saturday, reducing the Frenchwoman to tears and an apology to fans after the most lopsided title match at Roland Garros in 17 years.

Four tied for lead at the Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio — David Toms put a week's worth of excitement into one round Saturday. He had a hole-in-one, made another eagle the conventional way with a brilliant 3-iron into 12 feet and saved par at the end with a 6-iron that smacked into a pine tree after he made contact.

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