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Monday, June 27, 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.

NOW PLAYING: Bewitched
In a town like Hollywood, where sequels and remakes are a dime a dozen, and where the programming on Nick at Night serves as an untapped goldmine, it helps to have a hook, an angle, a gimmick to draw in audiences bored with the same old fare. Sleepless in Seattle director Nora Ephron has just such a hook in her new big screen adaptation of the sixties' classic TV series Bewitched.

Hooked on Fishing says thanks
On June 11 at the Kenai River Festival, we had the pleasure through the Hooked on Fishing program of giving 100 rods and reels to local boys and girls. In its fourth year, the program is a joint effort between Kenai River Sportfishing Association and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula.

Reader says Homer people should pitch in on peninsula
I would like to know why people like (Chris) Rainwater ("Fertilizer fears," Thursday's Clarion), who has lived in Homer all his life, do not support the extraction of natural gas from their back yard. I was born in Soldotna and raised in North Kenai. The industries have been at my back door all my life and I have benefited from them — so have the people in Homer, but they seem to have the attitude "not in my back yard."

Web site registration loses former resident
As someone who started reading the Clarion when it was a weekly newspaper from the white brick building on Trading Bay road (or at least there near the airport), I was sorry to see your site get bit by the "We need to track visitors" bug.

Volunteer efforts don't go unnoticed
I would like to thank the following Moose members for giving up their Saturday afternoon and volunteering.

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.

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.

Kasilof station funds put to vote
Residents of the Kasilof area who last fall voted to become part of the Central Emergency Service Area could soon be asked to approve a $2.5 million bond package to provide the cash needed to design, build and outfit a new fire station.

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.

Feeling bugged?
As anyone who has been outdoors during the last few weeks can attest to — there's a lot of mosquitoes buzzing about these days. "Take a walk outside and donate a pint of blood," joked Janice Chumley, an integrated pest management technician at the Soldotna office of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

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.

Sterling man loses truck in Kenai River
"You know you're having a bad day when..." might be what a Sterling man was thinking Wednesday as he watched his pickup truck floating away in the Kenai River.

Bridge not driving people too nuts yet
With motorists now using a temporary bridge to cross the Kenai River in Soldotna — while workers busily tear the old one down — traffic congestion on the south side of town is becoming more of a concern for central Kenai Peninsula drivers. We asked several people who have driven in Soldotna recently how they feel the project is affecting traffic through town.

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.

Greg Kohler
Former Arizona resident and seasonal fishing guide Greg Kohler died in Arizona.

John A. Yeager
Kenai resident John A. Yeager died in his sleep Saturday, June 25, 2005 at the Pogo Mine near Fairbanks, where he was working. He was 55.

Offshore fish farming threats need research
Some argue fish farms are inevitable and we need to jump on the aquaculture bandwagon so it doesn't take off without us. Many things are inevitable — such as crime and the introduction of lousy legislation — but it doesn't mean we need to support them.

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.

Peninsula People
Area students make dean's lists Area students graduate

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.

Births
Becky and Nathan Morrison of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Alana Fae Morrison, at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2005 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 6 pounds, 7.5 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

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

Community News
Players looking to clean up Chamber seeks beauty Nutrition classes continue God and Country Rally set Renaissance fair slated >Annual sale 'booked'Summer reading program continues<

Around the Peninsula
Swim lessons available Toddler hour set Search on for KMS and KCHS administrators ard sale fund-raiser set CPGH board meeting slated Parade applications available

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.

Lansing, Bazan win Pen Am
Although neither of the eventual 2005 champions knew it at the time, second place was a good place to be after Saturday's first round of the Peninsula Amateur Golf Tournament at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna. Josh Lansing and Chyia Bazan both overcame day one deficits to overtake the first-round leaders Sunday, each earning their first Pen Am titles in the process.

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.

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.

Prior has no trouble in return
CHICAGO — Mark Prior's return from the disabled list was a sparkling success. Prior allowed only one hit in six innings and retired 18 of his 19 batters Sunday, outpitching Jon Garland and sending the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the White Sox.

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.

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

Kim birdies way to U.S. Open title
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — She changed her name to Birdie so everyone would know who she was, and even that wasn't enough at a U.S. Women's Open where historical moments belonged to everyone else.

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?!''

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.

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.

Stewart takes Sonoma one-handed
SONOMA, Calif. — Tony Stewart found his way back to Victory Lane — and he did it with one hand.

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.

Oilers drop first of two with Mat-Su
The Peninsula Oilers opened a two-game home stand against the Mat-Su Miners with a 7-2 loss Sunday afternoon at Coral Seymour Memorial Park at Kenai. The Miners' seven runs were off nine hits, with three doubles and a solo home run.

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