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Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Kenai River Raven has new owners, new Chef, & new taste delights
Some people refer to the Kenai River Raven Bed & Breakfast as the Princess Lodge of Soldotna. The River Raven shares a similar setting on the mighty Kenai River and similar rustic log architecture with elegant furnishings. The difference is it's closer to the fish and you don't have to drive to Cooper Landing to enjoy the experience.

A Grizzly encounter
Damon Bowen is an atypical bird and bee's biologist and witty entertainer. An hour at his Alaskan Frontier show offers comical insights about beetles, ants and other biological wonders that will change how the summer visitor and Alaskan view the great land. It is a "fast-paced and humorous overview" of Alaskan wildlife from the "cellular to the largest mammals." Bowen has been employed as a state and federal field-research biologist, doing work in remote areas of the United States. He has survived a canoe tip over in the Arctic Circle, losing food, supplies and suffering hypothermia days away from the nearest village, wilderness bear encounters, and temperatures exceeding 130 degrees in backcountry areas of the Grand Canyon while collecting field data.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Once again, John finds himself across the inlet at work without a way to get a story out. With all the business of summer I find it hard to even imagine how he has time to even think of something to write about. I for one have never been any good at it, but I can relate what is happening. I don't quite understand why the wildlife agencies are not doing something about the bears. I have several friends that have had their own animals attacked and killed by them and have heard of many others. While I like bears, I don't think they should be allowed to just come in our yards and kill our domestic pets and livestock.

First State Rodeo Queen & Team Alaska head for International competition
Alaska's first High School Rodeo Queen, Michelle Schade of Homer and Rodeo Team Alaska will be heading to the lower 48 next week and the International High School Rodeo competition in Gillette, Wyoming.

Local Quilters take top awards at 11th annual Quilt show
For the past 11 years visitors to the Quilting on the Kenai show have been amazed at the creativity and talent of local quilters. Talent that has gone on to earn national recognition in the quilt art community, "Every year has been fun and our goal has been to always add something new and different, worthy of someone coming to visit and every year I have been amazed when we unveil the quilts and garments. This year we introduced hats by Susan Well Smith for the first time, along with fabric post cards that have been created out of fabric and mailed from all over the world," said Pat Reese, owner of Robin Place Fabrics, who has organized the show each year.

NOW PLAYING: War of the Worlds
Talk about a trifecta. The ultimate alien invasion story directed by the ultimate fantasy director starring the ultimate action star. When Steven Spielberg announced that he and Tom Cruise were going to be adapting H.G. Wells' novel, it sounded like a match made in heaven. And mostly it is. Spielberg's dark vision of alien destruction meshes well with Cruise's reluctant hero and the end result is entertaining, if a little frustrating.

Independence Day has different meaning in Iraq
Editor's note: The following letter was not received in time to be printed before Independence Day.

Threat of wildfire to homes lessens
The King County Creek Fire is about 35 percent contained and crews are now focusing on containing the southern end of the fire, according to a press release issued by fire managers Tuesday.

Cold feet
Bailey Beeson and Stormi Backus cool their heels in Beaver Creek during a hot day last week. "The water is not that cold," Beeson said, but "It's not too warm," Backus said. Todayforecasters are calling for some sun with a chance of rain in the evening.

CPGH extinguishes smoking on grounds
After much wrangling, the Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. Board of Directors voted to establish the Soldotna hospital as a tobacco-free campus.

Fit to be tied
As people waited in line at the Soldotna Post Office on Thursday, there was a little more blue in the atmosphere — and less other color.

Lake dumping in Pebble's future?
Northern Dynasty Mines Inc. is still at least a year away from applying for permits for its Pebble Mine project northwest of Iliamna, but a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allowing a Southeast Alaska mining operation to dump tailings into a freshwater lake has raised concerns among environmentalists that a similar permit might be granted for Pebble.

Motorcyclist dies in crash
A Sterling man died of injuries he received Monday after the off-road motorcycle he was riding struck a dog and flipped several times in the air.

A twist in the weather
John Rysdyk Sr. knew be-fore he arrived in Alaska two weeks ago that the state had some funny natural phenomenons. But there were some things he did not expect to see — like a funnel cloud.

Man indicted in roommate's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A grand jury indicted a North Pole man on a charge of manslaughter this week in connection with the fatal shooting last year of his roommate.

Plane found; search team recovers bodies
A U.S. Coast Guard search team Tuesday morning located what was believed to be the wreckage of a Cessna 207 airplane on the north side of West Amatuli Island in the Barren Islands. The Cessna with three men on board was reported missing out of Homer on Sunday. Pararescuemen from the Alaska Air National Guard climbed to the crash site at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday and confirmed the tail number on the crashed plane was that of the missing Cessna. There were no survivors.

Patriotism on parade
It was a red, white and blue celebration in downtown Kenai on Monday, as community organizations, interest groups and individual members gathered to take part in the Independence Day parade and festivities.

Frank 'Mike' Gardner
Former Sterling resident Frank "Mike" Gardner died Monday, July 4, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 47.

Comprehensive energy bill a must
It's been said time and again during the

Ombudsman will help protect future of PBS
The Public Broadcasting Service has decided to hire an outside ombudsman to look at whether its programming leans too far to the left and whether editorial practices should be revised.

Peninsula People
Gucker joins Army Matson makes dean's list A 'Ward'ed

Births
Krystal Jones of Kenai announces the birth of her daughter, Fiona Maye Wolfe, at 8:56 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2005, in the back of an SUV in a wayside by Quartz Creek.

Hero of the Week
Owners 'Blue' again

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to meet Christmas in July bazaar slated Historical society to meet Volleyball courts open Keeper to celebrate anniversary Israel alliance seminar set Women's run seeking volunteers

Around the Peninsula
Volunteers sought to track weeds Caregiver support group to meet Prescription medication seminar set Baseball series seeks sponsors Writers sought

Community Events
Nutrition classes continue Toddler hour set Annual sale 'booked' Raffle fund-raiser, golf tourney set Community race set to go Shooting clinic on target Toyz for Totz poker run scheduled Watershed plans July events Volksmarch 10K continues Soldonta TOPS turns 40 Chamber seeks beauty Military support group forming Recycling fund-raiser continues Fitness survey in progress Social Security reps to visit area

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Oswalt leads Astros past Padres
HOUSTON — Roy Oswalt made a strong case for late All-Star voters, pitching a five-hitter to lead the Houston Astros past the San Diego Padres 4-1 Monday.

Goldpanners complete sweep of Oilers
The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks completed a three-game sweep of the Peninsula Oilers with a 4-3 victory Tuesday in Fairbanks.

Kenai Golf Report: Griffin sixth at Alaska Masters
Hope you all had a great Fourth of July weekend! We attended the parade in Kenai and had some lunch at the park strip afterward. The choices of cuisine were plentiful. The crowd was huge and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves — seniors, couples, singles, teens, parents, children and pets. We weren't able to stay for the entertainment, but looking at the list of performers, it would have been worthwhile to stay.

Nats' Loaiza beats Mets' Martinez in pitching duel
WASHINGTON — Esteban Loaiza outpitched Pedro Martinez, throwing eight strong innings to lead the surging Washington Nationals to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the New York Mets.

Oilers stung with loss
The Peninsula Oilers suffered their third straight defeat Monday, dropping a 14-7 decision to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

2005 Mount Marathon Race, at Seward Monday
Race Results for the 2005 Seward Mount Marathon Race

Twins, South split double dip
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with South Anchorage Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Armstrong has yellow jersey
BLOIS, France — Lance Armstrong is wearing his favorite Tour de France outfit again — the yellow jersey.

Seward runners take three Mt. Marathon titles
Seward runners were able to turn home-course advantage into victory in three of the four Mount Marathon races Monday.

Twins go 1-1 at Big Fish Tourney
The American Legion Twins opened up the Bill Miller-Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament with a win and a loss Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

With another Wimbledon title, Federer's game stands alone
WIMBLEDON, England — A day before Wimbledon began, Andy Roddick stood on a slope overlooking the practice courts at the All England Club. Down below, Roger Federer was going through a training session, and Roddick sneaked a peek.

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Rain and smoke don't deter Bird Homestead golfers
We want to thank all who showed up for last week's wet and smoky Ladies and Men's Nights.

Armstrong eyes yellow jersey
TOURS, France — Lance Armstrong pedaled beside the overall leader of the Tour de France and admired his taste in fashion. The six-time champion wants to be decked out in yellow again, and he might not have to wait long.

Soldotna swimmer sets state record
Area swimmer Olivia Bowen broke the Alaska state 50-meter short course butterfly record for 11- to 12-year-old girls on June 5. Her time was 32.46 seconds, eclipsing the old record of 33.69 seconds set in April 1994. Bowen swims for the Soldotna Silver Salmon Swim Club. She also is the 2005 Alaska Junior Olympic champion in the 50-yard butterfly.

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