Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Twins go 3-1 in Anchorage
The American Legion Twins improved their record to 7-3 over the weekend with a 3-1 trip to Anchorage.

Narron wins debut with Cincinnati
CINCINNATI — Backup catcher Javier Valentin had a three-run homer and four RBIs to help Cincinnati to an 11-4 victory Tuesday night over the St. Louis Cardinals in Jerry Narron's debut as interim manager of the Reds.

Nationals stay red hot behind Hernandez, Guillen
PITTSBURGH — Livan Hernandez induced four double-play grounders in winning his ninth consecutive decision, and Jose Guillen homered twice as the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 on Monday night.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
There I was standing patiently in the wilderness of Alaska thinking how lucky I am for having the chance to live and work in this great state. Even though I never spotted a bear my mere presence here reminded me just how lucky I am to be here. Forget about the cool weather we have endured the past couple of weeks and all those nasty bugs that have attacked us relentlessly all summer. Forget about all the traffic delays due to road construction and the bridge construction in Soldotna. Don't let all the tourists that invade our state each summer and cause traffic congestion or long lines at the grocery stores get you down. Just be thankful that you live here year round and can really reap the benefits of being an Alaska resident.

The Old Grey Mare ain't "where" she used to be
The Old Grey Mare may not be "where" she used to be, but she certainly is a lot "more" than she used to be. Carole and Carl Bear have moved their "Old Grey Mare" antique and gift store from its former location near the Soldotna Bridge to a new stable on Warehouse Ave. in Soldotna, where they have more space for their array of collectables. They are now in the same strip mall as Papa Murphy's and just next door to Wells Fargo Bank. Carl and Carole hale originally from Hillsdale, Michigan and retired here on the Kenai Peninsula. Their new store is loaded with antiques and gifts from all over the country and items that they have been collecting, "Me and my wife have been fooling with antiques about all of our life, but we both worked full time so we never had time to open a store, but then we both retired and now here we are buying and selling the things we love," said Carl in a recent interview.

River Festival celebrates the mighty Kenai
Two days of family fun, food, and festivities highlighted the 15th Annual Kenai River Festival. According to Kenai Watershed Forum Executive Director Robert Ruffner there were more vendors, educational booths, music groups, runners, and visitors than ever before. Some 30 vendors and exhibitors filled the green strip with wares and educational materials pertinent to the Kenai. Kids saw puppet shows, live birds of prey, met Caring For the Kenai contest winners and made painted fish models, hats, and had their faces painted. Carrie Henson, a Studio 2B advisor for young women 11 to 17 years of age and her club members helped kids make and paint more than 600 fish hats. In one way or another all the activities pointed to appreciation of the mighty Kenai River, "I was surprised at how educational making fish hats became, some of the kids wanted to paint their hats in the actual colors of the salmon and knew what that really looked like," said Henson.

Motown style Show & Shine at Peninsula Harley Davidson...
It's common to think of an Alaskan trophy as a bear, moose, sheep, mountain goat, or gigantic fish, but for a growing number of Alaskans their trophies have wheels and they enjoy a chance to show them off.

Grant Aviation offering service to Kenai from Anchorage...
Since May 15th Kenai has had a new commercial carrier providing service between Anchorage and Kenai. According to Grant Aviation controller Jeff Taggart, they are offering 8 flights a day between 5:45am and 10:25pm. "We're flying a 9 passenger Cessna 208 Grand Caravan with a pay load of about twenty eight hundred pounds that offers about 100 pounds for each passenger," said Taggart.

Dow Chemical meeting makes reader nervous
The purpose of this letter is to put local elected officials, regulators and Dow Chemical on notice that at least one citizen vigorously objects to having Dow locate here ("Peninsula officials meet with Dow Chemical," April 15). Certainly, there are many who share this objection to turning the Kenai Peninsula into "Chemical Alley-Far North."

Usage increasing at peninsula food bank
On June 7, while in Washington, D.C., I participated in a National Hunger Awareness Day with five other Alaskans visiting our Congressional delegation and lobbying for the Hunger-Free Communities Act of 2005, which fights hunger in the United States.

Trash enemy is all of us
I don't read every issue of your paper line by line, nor do I read it every day. More often than not, I do read the letters to the editor.

Cooper Landing
Cooper Landing Volunteer Ambulance Service President Michelle Stewart said their first time handling concessions during the recent softball tournament was a successful fund-raiser and they look forward to doing it again next year.

Neighbors taking break
Effective July 5, the Neighbors page will go on a six-month hiatus. In an effort to update the look of the Neighbors page, the Clarion is giving our columnists a well-deserved break as we rebuild our columns to provide a better way for readers to get to know their neighbors.

Hello, neighbors. If you've been out and about the Kenai area, you might have noticed that our ranks have swelled. It's summertime in Alaska, and we welcome back our summer people, those who are only here for a short time, and those who return each summer to be part of our communities.

Hi, neighbors, Will Josey says to remind you that the Sterling senior citizens' 15th annual barbecue will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the center on the Sterling Highway. Food, entertainment and door prizes are some of the planned activities.

Good morning. Something to think about: "Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back." Babe Ruth

Hi, neighbors. When I first moved to Ninilchik I was amazed at the abundance of wild edibles that were just waiting to be discovered and harvested right in my own backyard. My mother, Marlene Blough, used to make salads out of wild cucumber (also known as twisted stalk) dandelion greens and fireweed shoots.

Honoring their former member Charles Quarre, Hospice of the Central Peninsula, the Cancer Society, Emmaus, Kenai Watershed Forum and the protection of brown bear groups planted a May Day tree on the anniversary of his death, June 12.

Greetings from Cohoe once again. It's Amanda Chesley again and I am pleased to be filling in for Shawna while she enjoys a bit of family time. I hope everyone enjoyed Father's Day and got their week off to a pleasant start.

Fishing a new lure for school fund-raising
Forget trays of cookies and brownies. Forget boxes of candy bars. Forget soap-soaked car washers. Ninilchik School is hosting a fund-raiser that reaches outside the school, beyond the community and blasts past state boundaries.

Unocal pursues gas storage
To help prevent brownouts in Southcentral Alaska and to manage gas contracts, Unocal Corp. wants to store natural gas on state lands on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Fragile Kasilof dunes in danger
As the Kasilof River personal-use set gillnet fishery continues in full swing and the personal-use dipnet fishery prepares to open, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is hoping fishery participants remember their "dunes" and don'ts.

Sprague calls for new appeals boards
Among the many duties of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members are hearing citizen appeals of property tax assessments and resolving conflicts arising from decisions made by the borough planning commission.

Kenai cops deploy new traffic safety sign
Contrary to rumors spreading through the community, the new electronic safety sign deployed on arterial streets by Kenai police is not taking photos of passing motorists or their license plate numbers. The new 4-foot by 8-foot sign, used mostly along the Kenai Spur Highway, is serving as a warning to motorists to slow down and obey posted speed limits.

Anglers — bear safety in mind
It's barely a week since the opening of the Russian River fishery and already bears — brown and black — have made their presence known. "It's in the middle of bear country, so they can and will show up," said Alaska Department of Fish and Game area manager Jeff Selinger.

Rocking the boat
Kenai City Council members on Wednesday decided to allow a 50-year-old wooden boat to remain high and dry at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The K-6, a wooden commercial fishing boat built in 1950 and donated to the city by the law firm of Nordstrom, Steele and Jefferson, has sat next to the center since 1993.

Views draw visitors repeatedly
Almost 55 percent of all visitors to the Kenai Peninsula are repeat visitors, according to a tourism survey completed last winter.

Nina A. Robinson
Sterling pioneer Nina A Robinson died Friday, June 10, 2005, at her home with her family. She was 80.

Diana Lynn Zimmerman
Ninilchik resident Diana "Lady Di" Lynn Zimmerman died Sunday, June 19, 2005 surrounded by her family at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She 40.

Oilers' bats douse AIA Fire
The Athletes in Action Alaska started hot with a home run in the first inning, but the Peninsula Oilers quickly doused the Fire with a 10-hit barrage, including a three-run double from David Newby and a three-run homer by Jake Kahaulelio for an 11-4 win Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Davis dominates, Oilers sweep
Ty Davis pitched eight shutout innings Tuesday to lead the Peninsula Oilers to a 6-0 victory over the Athletes in Action Fire at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Fee for spill response fund worth a look
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has the right idea in trying to replenish the federal government's oil spill response fund. He wants to renew the 5-cents-per-barrel fee that originally built up the fund in the early 1990s.

Retirement system meetings should answer questions
The special session of the Alaska Legislature last month did produce a bill that aims to help stabilize the finances of the state-run Public Employees' Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System.

Around the Peninsula
Summer reading program continues Sterling group to meet Barbecue fund-raiser set Group celebrates hope Swim lessons continue

Around the Peninsula
Players looking to clean up LeeShore seeking volunteers Sterling group to meet AYEA summit planned Parade entries, vendors sought Chamber seeks beauty

Senior Briefs
Homer senior, Friendship centers Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer Nikiski Seward Sterling

Serena tops childhood neighbor Haynes
WIMBLEDON, England — The asphalt courts at the public park where Serena Williams and Angela Haynes learned to swing a racket and the patch of grass where they engaged in a riveting Grand Slam match Tuesday are separated by thousands of miles and so much more.

Pistons display Motor City mettle
SAN ANTONIO — Larry Brown and Gregg Popovich met at midcourt as the final buzzer sounded to exchange handshakes and a hug. Never before has there been an NBA Finals moment quite like it, and another rarity — a Game 7 for the championship — will unfold next.

Homestead Golf Report
Many Funny River residents, including Daniel Smith, Sissy Bird, Corky Moore, Robert Partin and Larry and Dianne Hamilton, have helped a homesteader's golf dream come true.

Kenai Golf Report
There was great golf weather for most of the week, but not when it came to Saturday morning. That was the day that the much-needed rain came to the Kenai Golf Course and surrounding area.

Blackhawks hire new general manager, who fires old coach
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks hired Dale Tallon as their new general manager Tuesday, and he wasted no time firing coach Brian Sutter.

Davenport cruises at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England — Twelve months ago, Lindsay Davenport was so unsure whether she'd ever play again at Wimbledon she cried as she left.

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