Saturday, June 18, 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.

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.

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).

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.

Dad appreciated
My Kind

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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