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Friday, June 17, 2005

Tigers complete sweep of Padres
DETROIT — Jeremy Bonderman gave up a leadoff home run but little else, pitching seven strong innings and leading the Detroit Tigers over the San Diego Padres 3-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

Arroyo pitches Sox to sweep
BOSTON — Bronson Arroyo gave the Red Sox their fourth straight strong performance by a starter and David Ortiz drove in three runs to lead Boston to a 6-1 victory and three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Reds, anglers head for Russian
The fish are in and the fishers are right behind them and perhaps nowhere is this more obvious than in the area around the Russian River.

Flycasters offer insight into haunting hobby
''Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.

From the bookshelf
Many a mystery fan has fantasized about writing their own tale of corpses and clues. Fairbanksan Susan Hudson Johnson has made that fantasy itself a piece of "Alaskans Die Young" her homegrown detective yarn.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

Plenty of playtime
Local talents, Anchorage favorites and a singer from as far away as Florida will help while away the ample hours of daylight Saturday during the fourth annual KDLL Art and Music Festival, held at the Diamond M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Art Briefs
Kenai Performers plan kids' workshops Art workshops offered Singers wanted Orchestra rehearsals ongoing Kids' theater, art workshops slated Art scholarship contest announced

Sale fund-raiser makes a difference
A big thank you to Moose Lodge No. 1942 for the loan of tables for our yard sale and for the donation from split the pot. Thank you to all the people who donated money and items and to those who bought items at the sale and all the co-workers who assisted.

Trash is trash
While I applaud that Ms. Lewis would take the time to make our community aware of workers using our river as a depository for spent welding rod (Clarion Letters to the Editor, June 15), and while I am more than willing to accept her recent letter as having the best of intentions, I must categorically disagree with her dismissive attitude about "losing" a pop can or sandwich wrapper from a boat.

Dad appreciated
My Kind

Scholarship help allows students to succeed
Nikiski High School would like to thank the local businesses and agencies that so graciously gave scholarships to our students this year and their representatives who attended Nikiski Awards Night on May 17.

Fund-raiser reinforces community's spirit
As lifelong Alaskans, we are thankful to be a part of such a caring community. Recently our brother-in-law, Russell McLaren, was diagnosed with having cancer of the brain.

Reader suggests evolution debate
Who doesn't know evolution is a joke, a hallucination of education, a charade by the ignorant upon the ignorance of tolerance and a manifestation of a much bigger problem that contributes significantly to youthful suicide rate?

Business picks wrong place when it comes to berries
It is with great alarm and dismay that I read about the company planning on harvesting vast amounts of wild blueberries on state, federal and Native land in Alaska ("Company seeks wild blueberries," June 1).

Burn ban in effect
The Division of Forestry Kenai office has suspended open burning. The suspension prohibits open burning of brush, grass and yard de-bris.

Mayor: Kenai's outlook is great
Kenai Mayor Pat Porter said the city of Kenai is projecting record sales tax revenues and has a $20,000 surplus in its fiscal year 2006 budget, which she attributed to strong economic growth when she spoke at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Sun brings midnight fun
Alaska is the only place that more than 20 hours of sunlight still isn't enough to get everything done in a day. Don't believe it? Then try to squeeze in all of this weekend's summer solstice celebrations.

Russian red returns open up sanctuary

Anchor Point man delivers crushing blow to autos
For annual cleanup days on the lower Kenai Peninsula, bands of Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, church groups and other civic-minded individuals scour the highways, picking up the winter's trash.

DOT study recommends roundabouts in Homer
Homer lived up to its reputation for spirited discussion Tuesday night when the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities held meetings to discuss the results of the Homer Intersections Planning Study. Even before engineers made their presentation, groups of citizens looking at maps argued the merits of the big topic of contention: roundabouts.

Crews begin bridge demolition
Traffic on the new temporary bridge across the Kenai River in Soldotna is flowing as smoothly as can be expected in the escalating summer traffic.

Accident closes Sterling Highway
A three-vehicle crash south of Kasilof on the Sterling Highway sent two women to the hospital and closed the highway for about two hours Thursday afternoon.

Soldotna police tighten seat belt law enforcement
Signs bearing the safety threat of "Click it or Ticket" have popped up around Soldotna. With the reminder, the signs accompany funds that pay for more hours of police officers on duty.

Last respects

Oilers record win vs. Omaha team
The Peninsula Oilers rebounded from Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Fubon Bulls of Taiwan with a 5-3 win in the first game of a two-game series against the Omaha, Neb., Strike Zone Wednesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park at Kenai.

Oilers polish off Strike Zone
The Peninsula Oilers swept the visiting Omaha, Neb., Strike Zone Thursday night taking the second game in dominant fashion with a 9-1 win at Coral Seymour Memorial Park at Kenai.

GAO should be watched, as well
Supporters of keeping Eielson Air Force Base open and active could have an ally — or not — in a government agency that so far has gained little public attention in the debate over the Defense Department's plans to close or downsize several major military installations across the country.

Help wanted: Workers in short supply for future
One of the biggest issues facing Alaska's future is the significant percentage of young people who leave the state after high school and never return. If we're not careful, this trend could leave Alaskans out in the cold when it comes to building our state's future.

Climbers battle more than mountain on Denali
ANCHORAGE — Mountain climbers face a risk that has nothing to do with falling, blizzards or exhaustion: diarrhea.

Photo feature: Safety first
Tracey Withrow, right, helps her daughter Keeley, center, and niece Cheyenne Brazier suit up in personal flotation devices Thursday afternoon before getting in a boat to pursue king salmon on the Kenai River. The family was leaving from The Pillars State Recreation Area which, like many area boat launches, has PFDs available for free day use.

Climbing legend picks peak time to retire
SEATTLE — As he reached the peak of his career as one of America's most acccomplished mountain climbers, Ed Viesturs figured he'd picked the right time to retire.

Photo feature: One, two
An infrared device counts hikers as they pass on the Resurrection Pass Trail last weekend. Bill Dyke, a special-use permit administrator for Chugach National Forest, said counters are in place on several trails throughout the Chugach to collect trail-use data. "We're just trying to get some baseline information so that when we have a management decision, we better know what's going on," Dyke said.

Join the crowd: Upper Kenai gets lots of use
The world-class fishing and scenic boating opportunities on the upper Kenai are no longer a secret. Crowds at the confluence of the Russian and Kenai rivers have long been the norm, as anglers battle elbow to eyeball for sockeye. And any fishing guide will tell you the upper Kenai is getting more crowded in other areas too, as more people try their luck chasing rainbows and Dolly Varden, as well as salmon.

Around the Peninsula
DAV to meet

Around the Peninsula
Temporary shelter availableAnnual luau gets cookingSeniors to honor dadsHearing, vision screening availableClothes Closet plans closureBarbecue fund-raiser setSummer reading program continuesParade entries, vendors sought

Job of the father is a labor of love
It is going to be an interesting weekend.

Catholic bishops expected to oust abusive priests
CHICAGO — U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, revisiting the reforms they adopted three years ago at the height of the clergy sex abuse crisis, are expected to extend their unprecedented policy of permanently barring offenders from church work.

Religion Briefs
Christian conference continuesChurch dedication plannedSolar Express plannedDrama troupe meeting setChurch baseball nightBible study group to meetFamily nights setClothes Quarters openClothing available

Christian leader indicates desire to move beyond dispute with Vatican
VATICAN CITY — The leader of the World Council of Churches said Thursday he wanted to move beyond a rift between the Roman Catholic Church and other Christians over mutual recognition and welcomed indications from Pope Benedict XVI that he, too, wanted to improve ties.

Birch Ridge report: Right brain, left brain, too much brain
Dr. Jonathan Schooler pioneered the study of left brain, right brain theory, and the habit of over thinking or over analyzing a situation. He discovered that when people who play sports become "reflective about the process" they lose the flow and the intuitiveness of the nonverbal aspect that made them successful in the first place. (Whew! And I have not made him up.)

A tough test awaits U.S. Open competitors at Pinehurst No. 2
PINEHURST, N.C. — Balls that land in the rough can't be seen 5 feet away. Shots that land on the domed greens at Pinehurst No. 2 don't stay there very long. The U.S. Open is supposed to be the toughest test in golf, and Vijay Singh found it to be every bit of that.

Sports views: Stern's plan for world domination stays on schedule
Though he's only been back in the fold for a day, attempts to clone Phil Jackson are proceeding apace.

Top-seeded Tulane favored in CWS
OMAHA, Neb. — Tulane is ready to take on the big boys at the College World Series.

Finals first: Three games decided by 15 points
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — One of these days, both the San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Pistons will bring their ''A'' game to the NBA Finals on the same night. It hasn't happened yet, but there are still as many as four chances left for the teams to click at the same time.

Pistons pound Spurs
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The blank, bewildered looks on the faces of the San Antonio Spurs said it all. They were a beaten team — a badly beaten team — and their collective daze extended from Tim Duncan on down the bench.

Surprise at the top at Open
PINEHURST, N.C. — Olin Browne strolled to the cup as his 18-foot putt dropped on the toughest hole at Pinehurst No. 2, making it look like just another routine birdie.

Sides to resume collective bargaining talks
Billy Hunter had promised to make one more call to NBA commissioner David Stern, and he wasted little time picking up the phone. As a result, collective bargaining talks between owners and players will resume Friday.

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