Saturday, April 16, 2005

New set of rules: Regulation changes take effect today
Time to check the rule book. As of 12:01 a.m. today, a number of sport fishing regulation changes that apply to Kenai Peninsula anglers are in effect. The changes were passed by the Alaska Board of Fisheries at meetings held earlier this year in Anchorage.

Anglers enjoy all upper Kenai has to offer
Open water, pleasant weather and rumors — some of them even substantiated — of big rainbow trout have been drawing anglers jonesing for the first bite of the season to the upper Kenai River in recent weeks.

Cheap thrills come from short climbs in bouldering
ALBANY, N.Y. — Greg Beaudet drives into upstate New York's Shawangunk Mountains on weekends, meets up with a partner and climbs boulders all day. They don't go much higher than 20 feet, a far piece from the storied cliffs that surround the boulders and draw alpinists from around the world. But they do face difficulties that would make some traditional climbers cringe.

ConocoPhillips, teachers and parents help D.A.R.E. succeed
The Kenai Police Department and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have worked cooperatively for the past 14 years to teach fifth-grade students the D.A.R.E. program at the Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai. Through hard work and dedication, the School District and the police department have graduated well over 2200 students since the beginning of the D.A.R.E. program in Kenai.

Politicians don't need access to Alaska Permanent Fund
We don't part with the fund because it would further enable the state to misuse funds. It would act as a reward for an inability to keep a balanced budget. The only pro in the situation is that it would put off the problem (of keeping within a budget) to some later date.

Peninsula officials meet with Dow Chemical
Kenai Peninsula Borough and state officials met with a delegation from Dow Chemical Co. on Thursday to have a "preliminary conversation" with the company about possibly starting operations on the Kenai Peninsula.

Not here
A proposed adult book and novelty store in Soldotna city limits resulted in overwhelming public outcry in an emotionally emphatic city council meeting Wednesday.

Man charged with burning son
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been charged with burning his 9-year-old son on the face and inside his mouth with a hot butter knife.

Special goggles give students new vision on alcohol influence
Soldotna High School students on Wednesday got a glimpse of what it looks like to drive under the influence of alcohol. A Soldotna police officer and an Alaska State Trooper also were on hand to run the students through a field sobriety test administered to people who are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving.

Coming together
Since the consolidation of Nikiski Elementary and North Star Elementary schools this year, teachers and students have come a long way to make the school one population instead of two who just happen to share a building.

Passport plan should be sent packing
A plan by the Department of Homeland

Students get to learn 1 last valuable lesson
With so many of our Kenai Peninsula seniors nearing the end of their high school careers, it would be a tragedy for any of them to finish it this way. But the possibility is there.

Refuge notebook: Refuge ecologist awed by visit to Costa Rica's forests
A visit to the tropics is as close as ecologists ever get to heaven during their mortal lifetimes. Only in the tropics can you see the full splendor of plant and animal life — the brilliant birds, the flowers, the little frogs and lizards, and amazing bugs of all sizes. And of course only in the tropics can you find yourself hosting the greatest variety of microorganisms that you would just as soon leave inside the medical textbooks.

All types: Moab Easter Jeep safari lures four-wheel drivers
OGDEN, Utah — Moab gets a little crazy on Easter weekend. Nowhere else will you see a Hummer towing a trailer containing another Hummer. On no other Main Street in America are hoodless Jeeps and beefed-up, rusted-out Toyotas considered common sights. Nowhere else will you see so many trucks completely mud-covered other than the smeared paths of two windshield wipers.

An outdoor view: Improving the sports shows
Things would be a little different if they'd let me organize the outdoor sports shows in Soldotna and Anchorage.

Around the Peninsula
YRC fund-raiser today Relay for Life meeting set Historical society meeting scheduled Poetry party slated Track and field meet set Take a break to meet Hospital seeking historical photos<

Sixers top Heat in overtime
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson again is leading Philadelphia upward in the Eastern Conference standings.

Track season will be a sprint
"We just want to be ready for regions." It's a cliche that can be uttered by any coach at any time in any sport. But rarely, with the exception of spring-sport partner soccer, is it spoken with as much urgency in the preseason as it is in track.

Judge strikes down FDA ban on ephedra
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge Thursday struck down the FDA ban on ephedra, the once-popular weight-loss aid that was yanked from the market after it was linked to dozens of deaths — including that of Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler.

Capital back in the game
WASHINGTON — Vinny Castilla's triple rattled around in the right-field corner, bringing home the first major league runs in this city in 34 years. Most of the 45,596 fans rose and jumped in place, making ol' RFK Stadium sway once again.

Deacons guard turns pro
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Chris Paul got advice from his coach, his teammates and his family. He even talked with former Wake Forest stars Tim Duncan and Josh Howard.

Red Sox, their fans beat up New York
BOSTON — Jason Varitek had a homer and a two-run triple to lead the Boston Red Sox past the New York Yankees 8-5 Thursday night in a game marred when fans scuffled with Gary Sheffield in right field.

Sports views: Washington hopes wait was worth it
Love makes the world go 'round, but it still takes cash to make the turnstiles spin.

Lonard shoots stellar round at MCI Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Peter Lonard flirted with a 59 and finished with a two-stroke lead after Thursday's opening round of the MCI Heritage.

Refuge notebook: Refuge ecologist awed by visit to Costa Rica's forests
A visit to the tropics is as close as ecologists ever get to heaven during their mortal lifetimes. Only in the tropics can you see the full splendor of plant and animal life — the brilliant birds, the flowers, the little frogs and lizards, and amazing bugs of all sizes. And of course only in the tropics can you find yourself hosting the greatest variety of microorganisms that you would just as soon leave inside the medical textbooks.

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