Sunday, June 26, 2005

Red-hot Red Sox breeze past Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — Matt Clement pitched seven strong innings, leading the Boston Red Sox to their sixth straight win, 7-1 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

Helicopter crashes at Cleveland race
CLEVELAND (AP) — A helicopter pilot walked away uninjured after crashing on an airport runway only a few hundred yards from thousands of racing fans attending the Grand Prix of Cleveland on Saturday.

Road Warrior Gordon in comfort zone in Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. — Everything was going so smoothly for Jeff Gordon. Coming off a second-place finish at Darlington early in May, the four-time NASCAR champion was second in the season points standings, trailing only Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, and seemingly cruising toward a spot in the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.

Fishers catch a break at Kasilof River
Many Kenai Peninsula residents, their neighbors in Anchorage and tourists from Outside hope for a strong run as salmon begin their annual return to the rivers, and they don't get much stronger than what's already happening on the Kasilof River. "The magnitude and strength of the sockeye return in the Kasilof River at the moment is impressive and unexpected, with much of the sockeye run still to come," said Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner McKie Campbell in Juneau.

Bluff idea taking root
A simple and time-tested method for controlling loose soil may help curb Kenai's ongoing bluff erosion problem. For more than a decade now, the city has tried to find a way to keep the wind and sea from eating away at Old Town Kenai, the city's historic and scenic heart which sits on high bluffs overlooking the mouth of the Kenai River. The area attracts tourists and homeowners alike with its unrivaled views of Cook Inlet and the Chigmit Mountain Range.

Games guests lacking lodging
A 30-year resident of the Kenai Peninsula, Tom Shanahan said the winters can get awfully boring. As the new owner of Shany's Cabins just outside Soldotna, he was excited when he heard about an opportunity to grab some business this winter during the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.

Council OKs pay hike for manager
The Soldotna City Council has approved a 5.14 percent salary hike for City Manager Tom Boedeker. At the urging of Mayor Dave Carey, the council gave a unanimous OK to raising the chief administrator's yearly pay from $87,499.36 to $92,000 at the council meeting Wednesday evening.

Voices of the Clarion: Appreciating what's here
Vacation revelations: The term "scenic drive" has less business being used in most of the Lower 48 than the Dali Lama would have as spokesman for the National Rifle Association.

Changing climate right for buyout?
The headline in Friday's Clarion — "Bid for Unocal faces hurdle" — brings to the forefront interesting issues going on in our world today. The Chinese state-owned oil company CNOOC Ltd. made an unsolicited bid of $18.5 billion to challenge Chevron's offer of $16.6 billion in cash and stock that's been on the table.

Camping out
The day started off with some Crybaby Bubble Gum. The old school room was filled with kids who were wired and eager to start the competition — any competition, really. For some, the gum was simply a key to unlocking a pent up force of energy.

Around the Peninsula
Labyrinth to be discussed Nutrition classes continue AYEA summit planned God and country rally set Renaissance fair slated Fitness survey in progress River Quest land owners meeting set

Plan ahead to ward off parvo
Summer is here, a time when many puppies enter the world to the delight of those who acquire them. However, part of the newfound responsibility of being a pet owner is protecting the young pup from potentially harmful or fatal diseases, and few are as deadly as the dreaded "P word."

My best friend
Troubadour was born in August 1993 and is the boss of his house. Pete McKay Jr., 14, of Kenai, is Troubadour's favorite person, especially when Pete lets him sleep in his waterbed. The cat loves to take walks and won't eat leftovers.

Mayweather dominates Gatti
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Arturo Gatti had the crowd. Floyd Mayweather Jr. had everything else.

Azzara, Chenault lead Amateur
Tony Azzara and Tanna Chenault took the lead Saturday at the 32nd Annual Peninsula Amateur Tournament at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Racers provide thunder at raceway
The sound of revving engines and spinning tires stretched into the night at Twin Cities Raceway as the Northern Lights Dirt Series Stock Challenge kicked off Friday and Saturday.

Wie, Pressel tied for lead
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Those who came to Cherry Hills wanting to witness history only had to adjust their view Saturday in the U.S. Women's Open.

Serena upset by Craybas in third round
WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams steered a wild backhand wide to make a growing deficit even more daunting, looked up at the slate sky, and screamed at herself, ''What am I doing out here?!''

Rivals have chance to dethrone Armstrong
PARIS — When Lance Armstrong climbs onto a bicycle next weekend in a French coastal village for the start of the Tour de France, it will be the beginning of the end of an era.

Gatlin wins 100, Greene pulls up with injury
CARSON, Calif. — The young burst through to victory, and one of the greatest sprinters of the past decade pulled up lame on an emotional afternoon at the U.S. track and field championships Saturday.

Intense Bogut ready to be top pick in NBA
SALT LAKE CITY — Andrew Bogut does just about everything with a straight face. Dunks, rebounds, assists, awards — nothing seems to trigger much emotion.

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