Saturday, July 9, 2005

Big Fish that got away
The American Legion Twins lost 6-3 Thursday to State Farm of Colorado Niwot-Boulder in the championship game of the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Baseball dropped by IOC
SINGAPORE — Baseball and softball were cut Friday from the Olympic program for the 2012 Summer Games in London, making the two American-invented sports the first events cut from the Olympics in 69 years.

Yankees win fifth straight game
NEW YORK — Jason Giambi homered for the third straight game and 20-year-old Melky Cabrera singled in his major league debut as Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

Big time: King fishing heats up
Lorraine Prestwood of Lakeview, Ore., had the thrill of a lifetime Wednesday as she successfully hooked, fought and landed a 74.85-pound king salmon on the Kenai River.

In the Boundary Waters, smallmouth bass bite when pike won't
DULUTH, Minn. — Jim Blauch sent the orange and yellow popper toward a rocky point off the end of an island on this small lake. The fly landed lightly just inches from a rock protruding from the water.

Kenai reader notes similarities in times
A recent headline grabbed my attention: "AAA predicts record travel on 4th of July weekend." It reminded me of when I flew to Reno for Memorial Day weekend in 1979.

Postal employee, reporter to blame for tie controversy
In response to the article dated July 7 by Mark Quiner titled, "Fit to be tied": 1) Steve Adams, postal employee with 10 years service, should never have started going against the dress code; 2) Postmaster Margaret Merrill should have put a stop to it in the beginning; and 3) Mark Quiner didn't need to stir up an in-house problem with the public.

Drivers need to be aware of bicyclists, pedestrians
On June 26, I rode my bicycle on Funny River Road in the morning, when I was almost hit head-on by a driver going much too fast around a curve in the road.

Soldotna police look into sexual assaults against juveniles
Soldotna police are investigating two separate reports of sexual abuse of minors, which occurred July 4.

Council doesn't renew contract of city manager
The Kenai City Council decided in a closed-door session Wednesday not to renew the contract of City Manager Linda Snow. The decision came during an executive session that followed the council's regular meeting.

Planned assisted-living facility finds home on city-owned land
Kenai's senior citizen community showed up in force Wednesday to support a city resolution expressing the intent to donate up to 30 acres of land for the future site of an assisted-living facility.

Photo feature: Slow-dotna
Southbound traffic backs up on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna on Thursday afternoon. At one point, traffic was bumper-to-bumper from Kalifornsky Beach Road almost to the "Soldotna Y" intersection at the Kenai Spur Highway.

Assembly digs water protection
Gravel pit developers seeking borough land-use permits would have to show proof that their projects would not harm aquifers serving neighboring properties under a proposed ordinance being considered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Gravel pit issues could require broader approach
Complex issues surrounding the impact of gravel pits on groundwater on the Kenai Peninsula may demand a far broader approach than that embraced by an ordinance proposed by assembly member Dan Chay requiring land-use permit applicants to prove their extraction activities would not damage local aquifers, said Homer hydrologist Geoff Coble.

Hazmat fingerprinting offered in Kenai
Alaska truck drivers who transport hazardous materials can now get their fingerprints taken in Kenai.

Investigation yields little
WASHINGTON — A prosecutor's hunt for Bush administration leakers of classified information has produced no indictments after almost two years, and legal experts say it's very possible the only person jailed will be a reporter who never wrote a story.

Citizens can show patriotism by running for elected positions
It was great to see so many patriotic folks lining the streets of Kenai for the Fourth of July Parade on Monday. There was plenty of red, white and blue, flag waving and celebration throughout the Kenai Peninsula marking our significant day of independence as a nation.

Outdoor Briefs
205.6-pounder wins tournamentShooting clinic slated for July 30

Dog finds way back after fall, two nights in woods
KODIAK — For two days Kaitlin Lee felt like the world's worst housesitter.

Adventurer sets off on trip to circle Lower 48 states
SEATTLE (AP) — Professional adventurer Renata Chlumska's plan to circle the United States by kayak, boat and inline skates may be the first such excursion of its kind, but her solo trip beginning Monday has a very personal motivation.

Around the Peninsula
Refuge hosts films, nature walksLessons go swimminglyCommunity concert setGolf tourney to tee off

Jewish foundation helps teachers learn how to teach the Holocaust
NEW YORK — Six decades later, the Holocaust remains a painful and emotionally draining topic — and a special challenge for middle school and high school teachers who have to instruct students about one of the most horrific episodes in human history.

Church Briefs
Drama troupe meeting setBible study group to meetFamily nights setClothes Quarters openClothing availableVBS trip set to travelBible school set to take offVBS, sports camp planned in SterlingBible school slated

Tongue tied: Words have big power to hurt, help
While standing in line to pay a bill, the clerk and a customer in front of me engaged in a friendly conversation. Soon the clerk launched into a story laced with profanity and sexual connotations that caused them to part laughing loudly.

Cruise lends Hollywood hype to Church of Scientology
There's nothing unusual about celebrities promoting their faith — think Madonna and kabbalah, Richard Gere and Buddhism, Muhammad Ali and Islam — but the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centers have been unusually adept at cultivating entertainers such as actor Tom Cruise.

Rain can't wash Armstrong's yellow
NANCY, France — Downpours, treacherous and slick roads, buffeting winds and a nasty crash in the final dash to the finish line. Not a Tour de France day Lance Armstrong will want to remember.

Wie one shot off cut line
SILVIS, Ill. — Michelle Wie wants to do more than make history.

Cow moose with four calves seen in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A Fairbanks woman snapped photos of a cow moose trailed by four newborn calves walking through a yard in Fairbanks.

Birds, bees and sandpipers: Shorebirds exhibit various mating systems
On a recent outing to Skilak Lake my kids discovered several medium-sized shorebirds while walking along the lake's cobbled shoreline. The birds were approximately 7 to 8 inches long, brown above, and white below with bold black spotting. They constantly bobbed their tails or "teetered" while they foraged along the lakeshore. When flushed they flew low over the water and shoreline with stiff shallow wing beats and soft weet, weet, weet vocalizations could be heard as the birds cavorted about.

Wildlife biologists report 'Excellent reproductive season' for Colorado lynx
DENVER — A state wildlife biologist said Tuesday it looks like another good year for lynx kittens in Colorado, with preliminary results showing ''an excellent reproductive season.''

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