Thursday, June 30, 2005

Twins make short work of Warriors
The American Legion Twins baseball team swept a doubleheader with the visiting Wasilla Road Warriors Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Red Sox back up Wakefield for win
BOSTON — Doug Mirabelli and Mark Bellhorn hit consecutive homers in a four-run sixth inning that backed Tim Wakefield, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Wednesday.

Plunk!: Biggio sets record for Astros
DENVER — Craig Biggio homered and set the modern record for being hit by pitches, and Roy Oswalt pitched seven scoreless innings for his fourth straight win to lift the Houston Astros over the Colorado Rockies 7-1 Wednesday.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Vendor spaces available

Art Briefs
Student artwork wanted for book cover Kenai Performers plan kids' workshops Art workshops offered Orchestra rehearsals ongoing Arts, humanities awards seeking nominations Art scholarship contest announced

Naturally interesting
According to Damon Bowen, the variety of stink beetle that calls Alaska home survives the winter thanks to its blood antifreeze proteins. A patent has been taken out to possibly use those proteins as a way to preserve the consistency of Alaskan's favorite treat — ice cream.

From the Bookshelf: High points fill adventurous autobiography
Bradford Washburn and his wife, Barbara, have been called the most famous Alaskans who never lived in the state.

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

World watching borough, state
It appears our borough and the state are working at cross purposes on opening ANWR. Money and efforts made at lobbying the U.S. Congress are wasted by the failures made in dealing with other mineral issues.

Anchorage reader not thrilled with required info
I tend to agree with Joe Brindley's point of view ("Web site registration loses former resident," June 27). I really didn't like the required tracking info either. However, I felt that was the price to be paid in order to get something I don't have to subscribe to. I almost declined to go through with it, though, and am not sure if I will continue.

Relay raises funding for fight against cancer
More than $67,000 of life-saving funds were raised at the Kenai Peninsula's Relay for Life event June 3 and 4. Six hundred twenty-one registered participants raised money, taking turns walking or running around the Skyview High School track for this overnight event, because cancer never sleeps.

Homer may move dispatch services
The city of Homer is exploring an option to move fire and police dispatch services to the new Emergency Operations Center in Soldotna.

Fire fight is on
Kenai Peninsula residents watched and hoped for the best Wednesday as a huge column of smoke from a growing wildfire near Skilak Lake rose to more than 8,000 feet above the peninsula. Meanwhile, fire managers began an aerial assault on the blaze, hoping to trap the flames between the lake and nearby rivers.

Ninilchik man celebrates 50 years as priest
Amid the warm glow of flickering candles and within the walls of the 100-year-old Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik, Father Marcarius Targonsky celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination Monday.

Pipe could help plant
After mediation that took almost a month, Agrium will have access to a pipeline that is critical in the company's ability to purchase more natural gas to keep the plant running.

Alaska oil producers reap $5 billion
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Oil producers made $5 billion in Alaska and the state collected $3.19 billion in taxes from the industry during the 2005 fiscal year, according to the Alaska Department of Revenue.

Bears eat 4-H poultry, goat; spare the pigs
Many children across America spend the first half of the year learning about raising farm animals and preparing farm products for market through 4-H clubs. The youth learn to feed and care for livestock and small animals such as chickens, rabbits and ducks, and they learn animal first aid, how to give shots and where their food comes from.

Gas authority sticks with spur pipeline proposal
The question was raised at an Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority meeting about whether a direct pipeline from the North Slope to Southcentral Alaska, called a bullet line, should become the group's primary focus.

Winter sales strong across peninsula
Winter's chilly months may mark the slow times on the Kenai Peninsula, but that apparently didn't dampen the buying mood of local shoppers who this year posted much improved first-quarter sales figures over those of 2004, according to the latest Kenai Peninsula Borough Quarterly Report of Key Economic Indicators released this month.

Bruins nosing around cities
A recent disturbance involving bears in the central Kenai Peninsula is only one of several bear problems reported to police in urban areas. On Tuesday, Soldotna police locked the gates and posted warning signs at the city's skate park after receiving a complaint of a brown bear in the tree line next to the facility. Plans to reopen the park were not immediately known.

Fairbanks banker pays $453,808
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A former pharmacist and banker from Fairbanks paid close to a half million dollars in restitution and interest to help satisfy his sentence for bank fraud, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Rare thunderstorm rumbles through central peninsula
Hot air and plenty of available moisture combined to produce the rare thunderstorm that swept across the central Kenai Peninsula on Monday afternoon.

Wildfire suppression to begin
The wildfire near Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula has burned more than 2,800 acres of mostly spruce trees and lowland bog vegetation.

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

Joanne Lorene Hartley
Longtime Alaska and former Kenai resident Joanne Lorene Hartley died Sunday, June, 12, 2005, at Valley Hospital in Palmer after an extended illness. She was 74.

Voices of the Clarion: A measure of our community
A community can be measured using a multitude of criteria. These may include things as simple as the number of residents within a given area, or the style and type of housing those residents live in. It may be measured by the area in which it lies. Sometimes the business and employment opportunities that exist are an indicator of community.

Supreme Court's ruling on eminent domain blasted
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision undermining the Fifth Amendment to expand governments' powers of eminent domain as a way of generating jobs and tax revenue can only be described as shameful.

More action needed on drunk driving offenses
The national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving has it right when she says, as she did last week, that the country can't continue to have about 17,000 of its people dying year after year in vehicle accidents involving alcohol. Since 1995, she notes, there has been scant change in the numbers.

Around the Peninsula
Fish fry, auction fund-raiser set KWF goes buggy Fly-in set for takeoff Homer Fourth of July celebration planned Toyz for Totz poker run scheduled Instructional shooting clinic on target Social Security reps to visit area

Roddick in Wimbledon semis
WIMBLEDON, England — Chasing down shots all over the court, Roger Federer was rewarded with another berth in the Wimbledon semifinals.

Williams, Sharapova to meet in semifinals
WIMBLEDON, England — The record book shows her Wimbledon showdown with Maria Sharapova will be Venus Williams' first major semifinal in two years. There's no official accounting of how long it's been since Williams has shown unbridled joy on the court.

Kenai Golf Report: Junior golfers make good impression
Our junior golfers on the Kenai Peninsula are presenting themselves very well. My husband and I were golfing on Sunday and on the third hole, Dean, a junior golfer, joined us. He was most enjoyable to play with, as he was polite, knew the rules and even offered some helpful advice to me when I asked for some. He is a credit to our young people.

Still the Golden Eagles: Marquette finally settles on a nickname
MILWAUKEE — Marquette will keep its Golden Eagles nickname after all. Following months of controversy, the school said Wednesday that 54 percent of voters picked the Golden Eagles while 46 percent chose the Hilltoppers, the school's old nickname. About 23,000 Marquette students, alumni and staff voted.

Bogut taken first overall in NBA draft
NEW YORK — It sure was a g'day for Andrew Bogut. And not a bad night for the NCAA champions from North Carolina.

Michelin offers ticket refunds for U.S. Grand Prix
INDIANAPOLIS — Tire manufacturer Michelin offered Tuesday to refund money to those who bought tickets for the U.S. Grand Prix, which was boycotted by seven Formula One teams after the company decided its tires were unsafe at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sports Briefs
Oilers thump AIA-Alaska Fire North wins Par-3 Shootout Funk, DiMarco take CVS Charity Classic

Orioles beat Yankees to snap six-game losing streak
BALTIMORE — Brian Roberts homered on Mike Stanton's first pitch in the 10th inning and Rafael Palmeiro hit a milestone shot for the Baltimore Orioles, who snapped a six-game skid by beating the New York Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night.

Birch Ridge Report: Just call her 'Ace'
I possess a Duffer's Dictionary that describes a hole in one as a "ball hit directly from the tee into the hole on a single shot by a golfer playing alone." (You can bet on it that if I stormed the pro shop with that personal euphoric news, it would have transpired during a solo game.)

On the rebound
NEW YORK — Before Brittney Kroon could become an inspiration, she first needed a chance. The 6-foot-4 high school center from Wasilla, Alaska, looked like everybody's All-American on the outside — tall, talented, intelligent. But inside, Kroon was fighting a losing battle with liver disease.

Armstrong looks to the mountains for victory
  Overall leader and five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Bourd-d'Oisans and Le Grand Bornand, French Alps, in this July 22, 2004 photo. All eyes will be on the 33-year-old Texan for his final lap around France that ends an illustrious _ some would say miraculous _ career in a sport that will bear his mark for years to come. Will he go out on a high note, or will rivals long eager to dethrone him have the last word? AP Photo/Laurent Rebours PARIS — Lance Armstrong is ready to make a prediction for the last race of his career. ''This year, the Tour will be won in the mountains,'' he said.

Sports Briefs
Knight, Smith fastest on Spit

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