Friday, July 9, 2004

Perez, Pirates outduel Pavano, Marlins
MIAMI Oliver Perez outpitched All-Star Carl Pavano, and the Pittsburgh Pirates played outstanding defense in a 4-3 victory Wednesday night over the Florida Marlins.

Rangers thump Indians
CLEVELAND Ricardo Rodriguez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, and David Dellucci hit two of four home runs by the Texas Rangers to a 10-0 win Thursday over the Cleveland Indians.

Vazquez replaces Hudson, Lo Duca in for Casey
NEW YORK (AP) New York Yankees pitcher Javier Vazquez and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca were added to the All-Star teams Thursday as replacements for injured players.

Twins don't let Big Fish get away
The American Legion Twins baseball team played to another exciting finish Wednesday, defeating the visiting Dimond Lynx 8-7 with a run in its final at bat at the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Abreu dinger gives Phillies win
PHILADELPHIA Bobby Abreu led off the ninth inning with a home run off John Franco to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory Thursday night over the New York Mets.

Tigers beat up on Yankees
NEW YORK The Detroit Tigers beat up New York pitching for the second day in a row and won a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 1996.

Twins drop Big Fish final to Bruins
The big one may have gotten away in the end, but the American Legion Twins baseball club is pretty happy with the tale anyway.

Avgas price spikes have pilots griping
ANCHORAGE Grumbling about gasoline prices as you fill up your car? Better watch your language around pilots.

Retailers say customer not always right; some costly
MINNEAPOLIS So much for the customer always being right.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleGuide service to donate proceedsPostal service seeks phone cardsYard, business contests begin

Fishing on the Kenai about to get explosive as late kings, reds arrive
With increased numbers of late run salmon entering the Kenai River, fishing is on the verge of becoming more action packed that a Diehard movie sequel.

A good call can attract an amorous bull
If it is getting late in the season and you still haven't got your moose, don't despair. As the season progresses, moose are more and more powerfully influenced by their hormones and consequently more subject to critical errors in judgment, such as responding to a hunter's moose call.

Hunters urged to be safety-conscious
Every year on opening day hunters across the state take to the woods in the hopes of bagging a bull, and officials advise people not to let themselves get too caught up in the excitement.

Tips make for successful trophy
FAIRBANKS (AP) Here are some tips from local taxidermists that hunters should consider if they are thinking about bringing a trophy home to mount on the wall:

Salcha Fair revives moose calling contest
SALCHA (AP) His face hidden behind dark sunglasses and a Panama hat, Paul Harrell stepped to the front of the stage at the Salcha Fair and cupped his hands around his mouth.

Delayed harvest reports cost state time, money
FAIRBANKS The favorite story Steve Schwartz tells about the thousands of hunters who fail to return harvest reports each year in Alaska is about the hunter who decided to sell his pickup truck and found a 2-year-old moose harvest report as he was cleaning it. The hunter sent the report in, figuring it was better late than never.

Photo feature: Unique trophy
Roy Smith poses with a bull moose he took last fall on the south side of Tustumena Lake. Not only did the bull have a 70.5-inch spread, its antlers were double-palmed on both sides.

Archery helps hunter bag her game
Mary Lefebure crouched low in the thick willow as her quarry turned unexpectedly in her direction.

Photo feature: High mountain adventure
Daryl Mannausau poses with a caribou bull he took last year in the Kenai Mountains south of Hope. Taking a caribou was nice, but Mannausau said riding in on pack mules and a series of bear encounters made the trip the adventure of a lifetime.

The first hunt is always best
BOISE, Idaho At about 6:30 a.m. under inky skies sprinkled with stars and wisps of fog emanating from every breath, 13-year-old Bailie Schroeder settles into a blind.

Shooting restricted in city limits
With hunting seasons approaching, hunters are reminded shooting is restricted within Kenai city limits.

Hunters should be familiar with regulations before venturing afield
Legal or illegal? This issue appears at the outset to be a reasonably cut-and-dry question. However, even the most experienced hunters will know any explanation leaves something to be desired when push comes to shove and the decision to fire needs to be made.

Be sure to pack appropriate emergency gear
Packing for the great outdoors adventure? With the fall hunting season just around the corner, it's good to know what to bring in the event of any unforeseen troubles.

Father and son bag plenty of precious memories hunting together
The morning of August 10 last year found me making oatmeal and hot cocoa over a small camp stove on a hillside outside our lightweight nylon tent. Once breakfast was prepared I reached in the tent and gently shook my 13-year-old son awake.

Photo feature: Nice shootin'
Mike Stacy of Soldotna displays a Boone and Crockett-record moose rack taken near Bear Creek on the east side of Tustumena Lake last fall.Stacyenjoys hunting with his wife, Sarah. The rack measures 68 inches.

Taking kids hunting requires special preparation, patience
Almost all children are observant, inquisitive and love to have fun, and hunting can bring out these traits while providing a great opportunity for adults to bond with youngsters.

Boat trip yields beauty of a bear
Although many young college students dread their summer jobs, Traye Turner can't wait to get back to his.

When hunting for grouse, the rush is in the flush
Few things instill such excitement in me, or make my heart skip a beat, like the sudden roar of the beating wings of a grouse flushed unexpectedly. For that reason, grouse hunting ranks number one on my list of autumn hunting outings.

Hunting Briefs
Permit winners to be posted onlineHunter education a requirement in Alaska

Harvest expected to follow recent trends
This year's moose harvest on the Kenai Peninsula is likely to follow the trend of the past few seasons good, but a little less than the year before according to biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Poet relishes bush country for inspiration
On a recent visit to her in-laws' house in Anchorage, Anne Coray found herself spending a lot of time in the back room trying to escape the drone of traffic from the street and the blare of commercials from the television in the front room.

Choreographer to bring dance troupe home
Sterling's Emily Johnson will return to her home state for "One Night Only" this month.

History class aside, 'King Arthur' is summer fare
There's no Camelot, no Excalibur. There is a table, and it's round, but nobody really sits at it for too long. And nobody ever, ever bursts into song though it might be sort of fun if they did, if only to break up the intensity of the battle scenes, and to brighten the literal and thematic sludge through which the film's warriors valiantly slog.

Essays give personal look at anthropology
Generations of anthropologists have appeared in Alaska Native villages and attempted, with varying degrees of tact, naivete or insight, to explain the villagers' lives. These efforts have produced many books, likewise varying in their validity and accessibility.

Art Briefs
Kids' summer art workshops plannedFarmer's market offers arts, craftsLibrary sponsors contestsKids' summer theater camp slatedWatercolor workshop offeredResource for musicians announced

Frank, Lisa Murkowski misusing public money
I cannot believe that people have not been more up in arms about the fact that the Murkowski family, whether it be Lisa or Frank, is spending our money left and right without any checks or balances.

Knowles' record as governor proves he's right candidate
I am writing in response to: Donald Szepanski's letter of June 28 concerning the record of Tony Knowles' years as governor. All I can say is in the words of the late, great Ronald Reagan "There you go again, Don!" Facts are a funny thing. They can be twisted and used to present truth or non-truths, and maybe we should look at Gov. Knowles' record just one more time.

Responsible use of forests can reduce risk of wildfires
As I write this, the wildfires raging across hundreds of thousands of acres throughout Interior Alaska are a poignant reminder that our forests can be one of our greatest assets or one of our greatest liabilities.

There is need for manufactured housing within Kenai city limits
It is time for the city of Kenai to review its ordinances on manufactured housing. New realities require new solutions. The city is land rich and affordable housing poor.

Cooper Landing shantytown not way to keep area pristine
For those of you who have not traveled between Soldotna and Anchorage lately, you have a treat in store for you.

Kenseth's championship chase is different this year
JOLIET, Ill. If these were the old days, Matt Kenseth would be getting nervous.

Gordon a threat to win fifth NASCAR championship this season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. In any other season, Jeff Gordon would be a long shot to win the championship.

Ceremony, sign, game set to honor softball supporter
In the late 1970s, softball on the Kenai Peninsula was a pretty loose affair, with local bar teams getting together every so often for a few unorganized games.

Fire keeps Kenai River closed
The wildfire burning along the Kenai River Trail has charred 50 acres above the Kenai River canyon. But firefighters hoped to have the fire contained Wednesday evening.

Keep off the grass; Fish and Game reminds dipnetters dunes are off-limits to cars, trucks
As the Kenai River dipnet fishery prepares to open Saturday, and the Kasilof dipnet fishery continues in full swing, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has an important reminder for people: Stay off the dunes.

Fire nearly contained; river open
Temperatures reaching as high as 89 degrees Wednesday sent one firefighter battling the Kenai River Trail fire to the hospital suffering from heat exhaustion, the Alaska Division of Forestry reported Thursday.

Eateries required to ID farmed fish
JUNEAU By this fall, all Alaska restaurants will have to say on their menus whether the fish they serve is farmed or wild.

Advice: No food, no bears
Despite a rash of brown bear sightings in Kenai last week, bear activity in populated areas of the Kenai Peninsula this summer has not been out of the ordinary.

Assembly OKs staff contracts; Scenic byway approval put on hold
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a new contract between the borough and the union representing 243 of its 275 employees.

Chenault reviews session work, prepares for leadership role
Rep. Mike Chenault told a Kenai chamber luncheon audience Wednesday that he hoped to be one of two co-chairs of the House Finance Committee in the 24th Alaska Legislature.

No helmet law for now
Kids on bikes, rollerblades and other wheeled vehicles will not be required by the city of Kenai to wear helmets for now despite overwhelming belief by city council members that helmet use is vital to keeping people safe.

Photo feature: Slinging dirt
Jeff Lee "top dresses" fresh dirt on the soccer fields at Kenai Middle School on Wednesday afternoon. The dusty job will lead to greener grass later this summer.

Oilers earn split with Pilots
The Peninsula Oilers earned a split of a two-game series with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage Wednesday, defeating the host Pilots 3-0 in an Alaska Baseball League game.

Oilers beat Miners
With stellar pitching and plenty of offense, the Peninsula Oilers came back from a three-run deficit to defeat the Alaska Baseball League-leading Mat-Su Miners 8-3 Thursday at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

Greenpeace's reasons for Southeast Alaska campaign confusing
Southeast Alaska doesn't want any trouble if that's what Greenpeace is planning for the Tongass National Forest this summer.

Mining projects committed to 'doing it right first time'
Gov. Frank Murkowski's blueprint for a prosperous Alaska has a solid foundation of resource, energy and economic development and "doing it right the first time."

Kerry's running mate may appeal to low-, middle-income voters
WASHINGTON John Kerry chose John Edwards for the Democratic ticket to put the South in play, ease President Bush's grip on rural America and counter his own stuffy, rich-guy image with blue-collar voters. Nobody, not even the Democrat's advisers, are certain it will work.

Before summer ends, residents need to play 'tourist' on peninsula
One of the tough things about being a Kenai Peninsula resident during the summertime is that it seems like everyone else is on vacation. Tourists from all over the country and around the world, as well as other places in Alaska, are here playing, while residents are, well, stuck working having to squeeze their fun in before or after eight hours or more of hard labor.

Around the Peninsula
Airport commission meeting canceledSalmon canning class todayFirefighters to hold golf tourneyRotary clubs to host Unity RunHistorical society to meetSoHi pool offering swimming lessonsProgress Days parade applications available

Around the Peninsula
Final day for phone card donationsBook sale fund-raiser slatedSeniors plan bazaar, classicTeen support group to meetRotary clubs to host Unity Run

Church briefs
Judaism workshop plannedWomen's prayer group to meetFamily worship offered ThursdaysClothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Kansas group that opposes pulpit campaigning plans to monitor churches
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) An advocacy group for separation of church and state plans to send volunteers to area church services to make sure there's no election-year campaigning from the pulpit.

Players get to ''smite'' enemies in small but growing Christian video game industry
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) In the world of Christian video games, players sport the armor of God, the best weapon is a ball of holy energy known as a ''smite,'' and demon-possessed Roman soldiers drop to their knees in prayer when they're hit.

Faithful flock to Pittsburgh chapel to see religious relics
PITTSBURGH (AP) Administrators at a 124-year-old chapel in the city's Troy Hill neighborhood say its collection of relics is the largest outside the Vatican, with more than 5,000 items that devotees believe date back to Jesus, Mary, all 12 apostles and numerous other saints.

Pilgrims throng India's first major Catholic pilgrimage center
COCHIN, India (AP) Millions of worshippers have visited a Roman Catholic shrine in southern India, two months after Pope John Paul II declared the site the country's ''historic center of Christianity,'' a priest said.

Have you heard any good news lately?
Gabriel Heater, the popular World War II radio news commentator, started every broadcast with five powerful words: "Ah, there's good news tonight!"

Woman leaves Methodist church $475,000 as thank-you for loan
RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) When Elizabeth Dietrich was about a year old she was stricken with polio. A Methodist congregation lent her parents money for experimental surgery that enabled her to walk with crutches.

Head-turning church marquee witticisms inspire books, Web sites
DORMONT, Pa. ''The best vitamin for a Christian is B-1.'' ''God answers knee-mail.'' ''Don't let worries kill you, let the church help.''

Ancient Chinese oracle bones fetch $5.8 million at auction
SHANGHAI, China (AP) An anonymous bidder paid the equivalent of $5.8 million at auction Sunday for a 3,000-year-old set of oracle bones, relics that Chinese rulers used to foretell the future, auctioneers said.

U.S. Protestant executive named a president of World Council of Churches
GENEVA (AP) Bernice Powell Jackson, executive minister of justice ministries for the United Church of Christ, has been named a president of the World Council of Churches.

U.S. Catholicism reports women executives' percentage similar to that of U.S. work force
WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Roman Catholicism, sometimes criticized over its all-male priesthood, reported in June that its percentage of female administrators is nearly as high as that in the general U.S. work force.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for area seniors

Birch Ridge Report: Bonjour from Birch Ridge
Have you been watching Lance Armstrong on his road trip to Paris? Mon dieu, non? After years of French lessons, usually all I remember is combien vous dois-je, and je le prends, which translates to (and you would know this if you knew me) how much is it and I'll take it.

Wild sign Rolston
ST. PAUL, Minn. Forward Brian Rolston signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, giving the team one of its highest-profile free agents in its four-year history.

USPS team wins stage, Armstrong dons yellow
ARRAS, France It's the jersey Lance Armstrong covets and works so hard for: garish yellow and awarded daily to the leader of the Tour de France.

Phelps breaks world record at Olympic trials
LONG BEACH, Calif. Look out, Mark Spitz. Michael Phelps has you in his sights.

Thompson likely heading to fourth Olympics; Hansen sets record
LONG BEACH, Calif. Jenny Thompson wasn't ready to give up swimming. Now, she'll likely finish her brilliant career with a fourth trip to the Olympics.

Lance cedes yellow
CHARTRES, France Lance Armstrong gave up two things at the Tour de France on Thursday: the yellow jersey and a chance to ride at the Athens Olympics.

Okafor rounds out Olympic basketball team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The chance to win an Olympic gold medal just months after an NCAA title was too good for Emeka Okafor to turn down.

The finish line is in limbo
The finish line is in limbo. It's a strange way to run a track meet, but it's not as if the people running the U.S. Olympic trials actually have a choice.

Jazz reach agreement with Juneau's Boozer
SALT LAKE CITY Carlos Boozer changed his mind, much to the dismay of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the absolute delight of the Utah Jazz.

Sports Briefs
Sprint cars come to Twin City RacewayFootball referee meeting scheduledPop Warner late registration in progress

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